Federal fortifications at Allatoona pass, Georgia
When Sherman's army passed this point — early in June, 1864--entrenching was becoming a fine art with the American armies.
From the battle of New Hope Church, on May 25th, almost every advanced line on either side entrenched itself as spon as its position was taken up. Not to be outdone by their Western comrades, the great armies operating in Virginia also got down and “dug dirt.”
In timber, huge logs were placed in position and covered with earth.
Without timber, the parapets were often made as much as fifteen feet thick, to stop artillery fire.
Even on the march the Western armies found time to make gabions of wattles with marvelous celerity. |