Fort Wayne in Detroit, Michigan

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Brev. Brig. Gen'l
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I think a cannon ball form a large cannon would. But if they defenders filled the long passage way with rubble it would not much matter.
 

jrweaver

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Would a cannon ball have any effect on those doors? :timebomb::timebomb:
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Absolutely! Heavy artillery would certainly breach the doors. That's why forts always had some sort of obstruction that prevented artillery from having a clear path at the sally port. For example, at Fort Wayne the path leading to the sally port curved through the coverface to get to the fort.
Wayne Aerial NARA sally port path.jpg


Fort Wood (Macomb) was even more dramatic, with a very sharp curve in the path. The brickwork on either side of the curve still exists, even though a lot of the outworks are now gone Here's a drawing showing the path through the outworks, followed by a picture of what remains.
Pike Curved Path to Sally Port Smaller.jpg

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jrweaver

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Absolutely! Heavy artillery would certainly breach the doors. That's why forts always had some sort of obstruction that prevented artillery from having a clear path at the sally port. For example, at Fort Wayne the path leading to the sally port curved through the coverface to get to the fort.
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Fort Wood (Macomb) was even more dramatic, with a very sharp curve in the path. The brickwork on either side of the curve still exists, even though a lot of the outworks are now gone Here's a drawing showing the path through the outworks, followed by a picture of what remains.
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Many times a ravelin was constructed immediately outside the sally port to protect the entrance. At Fort Warren, a demilune was built opposite the sally port. The demilune is to the left in this picture.
7-4 Gorge and Sally Port.jpg

Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY, had a caponier opposite the sally port to prevent direct fire on the doors.
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Fort Taylor in Key West had a large, detached coverface guarding the sally port, with a curved path through the coverface.
12-7 Taylor Plan Colorized.jpg

Fort Macon in North Carolina had a sharply curved passageway leading to the sally port. It exists, intact, today.
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It would have still been cool along the Detroit River at the end of April and in early May so they might have something on under their jackets. They were issued 'minerr's shirts (probably a heavy over shirt that could be worn as a battle shirt so perhaps had a long sleeved undets shirt and a shirt and perhaps even their miner shirts weon cool days.They were issued over coats but were not issued vests
 
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