Fort Related Websites

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The Bureau of Atomic Tourism is not exactly fort related but it is interesting that at about the time atomic weapons were developed coastal fortifications were deemed obsolete. BAT has a lot of information about tourist destinations related to atomic technology and weapons. A must for cold war buffs.

Pre-Dreadnought era Coast Defense Forts

Cold War Research Study Group Contains a myriad of information relating to the Cold War in the United Kingdom.

The Simonides Group is dedicated to preserving military historical sites anywhere and everywhere.

National Register of Surviving Civil War Artillery Tell Santa what you want for Christmas!

Artillery in New England Lists known vintage artillery pieces on public display in New England. Continously under construction.

Railway Artillery See some of the largest mobile artillery pieces in history.

Library of Congress Civil War Photographs Over 1,100 Civil War Photographs on line. Many subjects covered.


Casemates of Fort Pulaski, Georgia c. 1907.

Library of Congress Fort Photos These photos date from 1880 to 1920 and feature several American forts including Fort Monroe, Fort Marion (aka. Castillo San Marcos), Fort Mackinack and a Morro Castle in Cuba. My only complaint is that they are not organized - even by location.

National Archives Photographs of the Civil War A few more great photos of the conflict.

Field Fortification in the Civil War Contains a thorough treatment of the subject. Filled with illustations and interesting information.

Coast Defense News Group

Get the Gear! If you have the urge to get dressed up in old uniforms with authentic equipment C & D Jarnagin Company will happily supply all your needs. All you need is cash. (Remember - its easier to obtain forgiveness than permission.)

Steen Cannons Show her how much you care with the ultimate gift. (Note - the 10 inch Rodman at Fort Knox, Maine pictured is not currently available - I hope they will take the hint and improve their product line.)

Fiberglass Cannon If you can't afford the real thing - you can get good looking fakes here.

The History Channel makes some of the few things on television worth watching.

Mr. Noel B. Poirier is a military historian with expertise in American military history from the 17th and 18th centuries. He works a a museum educator for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Fortification Forum Sponsored by the Louisbourg Institute this site is a forum for discussion of issues related to reconstructed 18th Century sites.

Hotel des Invalides The Invalides (roughly translated to "Disabled Veterans Home") is the official military museum of France and one of the most extensive (if not the most extensive) militrary museums in the world. The English portion of the site is under construction but the French portion is quite extensive. Well worth a visit.

Old Maps Find your favorite fort on an old map.

Satellite Images Find you favorite fort with a your own virtual spy (oops! I meant to say "research") satellite!


Recommended Reading

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Fire and Stone: The Science of Fortress Warfare, 1660-1860 by Christopher Duffy.

Tunnel Warfare, Vol 1, A Treatise on Mines Published in 1802 this was the first book in English on the subject. A reprint version is available for only $15.00.

The Battle of Stonington by James Tertius DeKay. This book is one of the best books detailing an obscure sideshow in a war. Highly recomended. Just imagine a Tom Clancy novel set during the War of 1812 except everything is true.

Maginot Imitations: Frontier Forts in Germany and Neighboring Countries.

The Big Guns: Civil War Seacoast, Siege and Naval Artillery by Wyane Stark. Mr. Stark, probably the foremost authority on the subject, has compiled a "one stop" resource for artillery buffs.


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