Forts of the United States

An Historical Dictionary, 16th through 19th Centuries

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About the Book

From forts to blockhouses, garrison houses to trading posts, stations to presidios, missions to ranches and towns, this work provides a history of the primary fortifications established during 400 tumultuous years in what would become the United States of America.
Under each state’s heading, this substantial volume contains alphabetized entries with information regarding each structure’s history. The earliest forts established by the Danes, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Swedes and Mexicans and by the temporary appearance of the Russians are listed. The colonial American forts, many of which were previously established by the European powers, are covered in detail. Beginning with the American Revolution, each of the American military fortifications, militia forts, settlers’ forts and blockhouses is listed and described. Helpful appendices list Civil War defenses (and military hospitals) of Washington, D.C.; Florida Seminole Indian war forts; Pony Express depots; Spanish missions and presidios; and twentieth-century U.S. forts, posts, bases, and stations. A chronology of conflicts that paralleled the growth of the United States is also provided, offering insight into the historical context of fort construction.

About the Author(s)

Bud Hannings oversees Seniram Publishing Incorporated, a company specializing in U.S. military history, and has written several major reference books for McFarland. He lives in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Bud Hannings
Format: hardcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 744
Bibliographic Info: photos, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1796-4
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5108-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Forts of the United States

(Arranged by State or Territory)      5

Appendix A. Washington, D.C., Civil War Defenses      629

Appendix B. Florida Seminole Indian War Forts      638

Appendix C. Pony Express Depots      640

Appendix D. Spanish Missions and Presidios      643

Appendix E. Conflicts in America and Europe, ¡492-¡898: A Chronology      645

Appendix F. Twentieth Century U.S. Forts, Posts, Bases and Stations      653

Bibliography      669

Index      673

Book Reviews & Awards

“meticulous research…useful…impressive and thorough…recommended”—Booklist;
“valuable…a tremendous amount of information”—ARBA;
“superb”—C&RL News;
“highly recommended”—The Midwest Book Review;
“a wealth of information…valuable”—The Library of Virginia;
“comprehensive…highly accurate tome…Hannings is a genius at research and organizational detail…of great value”—Leatherneck Magazine;
“Hannings has hit another home run…exhaustively researched and meticulously documented…superb…backs up his text with an exhaustive, detailed bibliography…an even-handed approach to history, neither slighting nor favoring individual states or the factions that are now interwoven as the fabric of our military history…a remarkable book, and one that deserves to find an audience beyond libraries…middle and high school students will gain an appreciation of their own local history by completing assignments and reports that draw upon Bud Hannings’s sources…. Buy it, read it, treasure it, and pass it down to your children and grandchildren”—Infantry Magazine.