To Build a Redoubt

To Build a Redoubt (HM7OD)

Location: Phoenixville, PA 19460 Sacramento County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 5.471', W 75° 26.952'

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The earthworks today appear to be giant molehills. But it took complex engineering to construct them. A deep ditch was excavated in front, to slow an attacking enemy. The dirt was heaped into gabions - baskets of interwoven branches. Bundles of branches called fascines were piled outside and inside the wall to protect the defenders, then the entire work was usually covered with sod to absorb cannon fire.

Here at redoubt 3, the inside walls were faced with stakes. Sod was scarce in the mud-churned encampment. Though partially reconstructed, Redoubt 3 is built on remnants of the original site. Please do not climb on the earthworks.

Defending the Gap

The valley between Outer and Inner Line defenses left the Americans vulnerable to attacks from the south. Redoubt 3 was built to secure this Achilles heel.

Directly across the valley is the Outer Line, supported by Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's Pennsylvania Brigades. Their huts were plainly visible in the treeless encampment. In the event of attack, troops in Redoubt 3 could have raked the gap with cross-fire.
HM NumberHM7OD
Placed ByValley Forge National Historical Park, National Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 1:11am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 461707 N 4437974
Decimal Degrees40.09118333, -75.44920000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 5.471', W 75° 26.952'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 5' 28.26" N, 75° 26' 57.12" W
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Area Code(s)484, 610, 215
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2701 S Inner Line Dr, Phoenixville PA 19460, US
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