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40 The fortifications were to protect major ports and harbors along the eastern seaboard from Portland, Maine, to Savannah, Georgia, while the government built key armories and depots inland to prevent their easy seizure by raid from the sea. . ”41 In total, federal artillerymen mounted two hundred cannon on sixteen of these forts—half of them provided by the federal government, half by the states. The fort’s garrisons housed 698 31 Map 1. First System infrastructure, ca. 1800. Information compiled from “Fortifications,” asp ma vol.
Heinrich von Bulow’s Optimum Base of Operations. Based on The Spirit of Modern System of War by Heinrich von Bulow (London: T. Edgerton, 1808) 23–24, 183; and The American Military Library vol. 1 by William Duane (Philadelphia: William Duane, 1809), 70–72, 78–82. 73 The advance from the base was projected upon a line of operation toward an objective point that cut the supply line (the line of communication) of an enemy’s army. Optimally a line of operations could be projected from either end of the base of operations toward the same objective point, forming a triangle.
13 To a degree, volunteer companies and regiments compensated for this neglect. By the middle of the seventeenth century, affluent colonists who wished to secure commissions without election began to raise and equip volunteer companies, providing an offensive capability for ventures beyond the county limits. Together with trainbands these two parts of the military establishment precluded need for a standing army. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the companies in some colonies combined in emergencies to form provincial regiments, composed of sufficient manpower and equipage to mount long expeditions.