Friday, July 27, 2012
Civil War Vocabulary
Abatis: One of the most formidable obstacles laid around defensive positions during the war, abates were tangles of trees and large limbs carefully arranged with the branches pointed toward the attackers. Small branches and leaves were stripped away to prevent their use as cover for the enemy. Remaining branches were sharpened at the ends, and large chunks were often covered with earth, staked to the ground, or nailed to crossbeams to inhibit efforts to dismantle obstacles.