Fort Cumberland TrailYou stand near the wall of one of Fort Cumberland's four bastions. These (+) an your position (X) are indicated on the fort diagram. A bastion is a projecting portion of a fortification. It's purpose is to allow defenders added firepower along the fort walls and for the placement of artillery. They were constructed here of palisades filled to a height with earth and other suitable material. The one bastion contained a magazine (2) for storing powder, ammunition, etc. The bastions were armed with various pieces of artillery including 4 twelve-pounders, 12 four-pounders, and several small swivel guns. A twelve-pounder is is a gun firing a twelve pound shell and a four-pounder fires a four pound shell. The swivels fired a small shell and got their name from the fact they could readily be swiveled about on their stocks and aimed in any direction. The walls of the bastions contained embrazures (openings) to permit firing artillery through the wall.
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|Date Added||Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 5:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 691667 N 4391396|
|Decimal Degrees||39.65090000, -78.76603333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 39.054', W 78° 45.962'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 39' 3.2400000000001" N, 78° 45' 57.72" W|
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