Travel Photography Photos tagged as forts and fort_macon
Rifled cannon made masonery forts obsolete.
Part of a life sized diarama of enlisted mens quarters as it may have appeared during the civil war.
The signage in this museum was excellant. This one explains what rifling is.
One of the old casemates is set up as an example of how soldiers lived during WWII.
You can see a slight view of the ocean from the top of the fort.
This sign explains how the hot shot furnace was used
Cannon balls were dropped from this end and rolled down over a super hot fire at the bottom, where they sat until they were red hot. These ovens were made obsolete by ironed hulled vessels which wouldn't catch fire when hit.
This hot shot furnace has been fully restored, as has most of the fort.
This is the main gate to the inside portion of the fort. There is a ramp leading from the top of the outside ramparts.
There was an entire room devoted to different army uniforms during the era's the fort was in use. These just illustrate the Civil War period.
This is an 1841 6 Pound Cannon, the smallest sized cannon used in the Civil War. A seven man gun crew operated it.
Army regulations allowed hiring up to four laundresses per company. These were often the wives of enlisted men or civilian women who lived near the fort. At Fort Macon, the pay was $1 per month per soldier plus a food ration.
This gives you an idea how the fort was laid out, with both an outter and inner wall.