The Ravelin

The Ravelin (HMN4E)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
Country: United States of America

N 39° 15.814', W 76° 34.762'

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This wedge-shaped outwork protected the fort's sally port from enemy fire, and helped to control access to the star fort. The U.S. Army built the original ravelin in 1813. The structure was modified to its presents dimensions in 1837.

The ravelin and dry moat provided a first line of defense against a land attack, but none ever came.

Two doors along the ravelin's rear scarp walls lead to an underground magazine where gunpowder and ammunition were stored just after the Civil War. Please watch your step on the curved stairways.

In 1814 the ravelin stood like a brick island in a dry moat. Removable bridges connected the star fort with the outside world. The ravelin's triangular design offered enemy soldiers no place to take cover from the star fort's guns.
HM NumberHMN4E
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 8:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363745 N 4347214
Decimal Degrees39.26356667, -76.57936667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.814', W 76° 34.762'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 48.84" N, 76° 34' 45.72" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1483 Constellation Plaza, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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