especially given the fate of one Robert Beers,
an Irish brick-maker who, a few years earlier,
had refused to take refuge in his town’s fort in
Rehoboth, Massachusetts, during an Indian
attack. He remained in his nearby home,
convinced that nothing bad could befall him
if he read his Bible. A bullet came through
the window, and he died with the Good Book
in his hands.
Rehoboth’s fort was a garrison house,
also known as a blockhouse, solidly built of
squared logs with an overhanging second
story. Defenders could fire their muskets
through loopholes, narrow slits in the overhang. However, as Tom Desjardin, historian
for Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Land, points
out, “If you’re fighting from the blockhouse,
things have gone really, really bad.” Much
better to keep the invaders farther at bay,
which is why he says colonists usually built
a perimeter of earthworks, and even moats,
around their blockhouses. The Pine Tree
arched brick-and-stone stairways through
the walls allow entrance into Fort Adams in
Newport, Rhode Island, which was active
from 1824 to 1950.
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