King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Protection from Attack
Building the Redoubt
Troops originally built this redoubt by hand using shovels and picks. A redoubt was cleverly designed so that every part strengthened its defensive role or provided an obstacle to attack. Soldiers appreciated how these pieces fit together and carefully built the redoubt to be strong because the safety of the camp depended on it. If the British attacked, would you feel confident in your safety here?
Erected by Valley Forge National Historical Park, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 40° 5.928′ N, 75° 25.494′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on North Outer Line Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in Valley Forge National Historical Park at Stop 2 on the auto tour road. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Advance Redoubt (a few steps from this marker); On the Lookout (a few steps from this marker); Are the British Coming? (within shouting distance Greene’s Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A City of Huts (about 500 feet away); Log City (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Greene’s Division (about 600 feet away); Winter Encampment (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in King of Prussia.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a picture of Continental soldiers building the redoubt.
An illustration on the left side of the marker, with a caption of “Can you find these elements in this redoubt?” identifies various parts of the fortification. These include: Banquet - The platform on which soldiers stood, hidden behind the parapet; Gabion - Basket made from intertwined branches and filled with dirt and rocks to strengthen the interior redoubt wall; Parapet - The perimeter of a redoubt and the primary defense against artillery or musket fire; Scarp - The slope of the ditch, meant to be difficult for an attacker to climb; Ditch - Six to seven foot moat meant to trap attackers; Glacis - A sloped section of earth that would force an advancing enemy to approach uphill; Abatis - Sharpened logs to slow and keep the approaching enemy under fire for as long as possible.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 16, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.