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What is a redoubt anyway?

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
1. What is a redoubt anyway? Marker
Inscription.  
A redoubt is part of a fort or defensive position, usually temporary, made from soil and usually reinforced with timber or stone.

Other Defensive Engineering Terms
Abatis - Any temporary construction; In a fort or redoubt, they were sharpened timbers protruding from the earth to make scaling the exterior slope difficult. At Fort Putnam, they are not sharpened intentionally for safety. Portable abatis are known as trous-de-loup.
Banquette - the elevated step inside the rampart used to fire from. At Fort Putnam, the fixed benched simulate the banquette.
Barrel or keg - these were filled soil or sand to serve as temporary and portable defensive walls.
Battery - a cluster of cannon or artillery that functions as a unit
Breastwork - an earth defensive structure basically like a ditch that protects troops firing from a standing position
Earthworks - types of fortifications or defensive structures made from soil including the redoubt, moat and trench
Embrasure - is an opening in the parapet wall through which cannon can fire
Glacis - the bank or berm of earth sloping away from a fort to protect it from artillery fire
Facines – are wrapped bundles of sticks or branches used in fortifications.
Gabion - a large
What is a redoubt anyway? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
2. What is a redoubt anyway? Marker
The marker is just visible within "Fort Putnam", the redoubt display.
basket-like structure made from interwoven branches filed with earth used as a temporary parapet.
Parapet - the inside wall of a fort made of wood, stone or reinforced earth.

 
Location. 40° 41.529′ N, 73° 58.479′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Washington Park. The marker and simulated redoubt are next to the Fort Green Park Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Artillery of the American Revolution (here, next to this marker); Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution (here, next to this marker); African American Heroes of the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Fort Greene Park (a few steps from this marker); Prison Ship Martyrs Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Greene Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fowler (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bldg 92 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
2 Pounder "grasshopper" cannon replica within The Redoubt. image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
3. 2 Pounder "grasshopper" cannon replica within The Redoubt.
Other features of a redoubt mentioned in the wayside can be discerned.
Working furnace within the redoubt image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
4. Working furnace within the redoubt
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
5. Inset
Examples of an "abatis" and a "trous-de-loup"
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
6. Inset
"Barrel" or "Keg"
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
7. Inset
Embrasure
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
8. Insert
Fascines
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
9. Inset
Gabions
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
10. Inset
Artillerist reenactors
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on November 26, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 19, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7. submitted on November 26, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   8, 9. submitted on November 27, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   10. submitted on December 19, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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