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breastwork

[′brest‚wərk]
(ordnance)
Earthwork, constructed wholly or partly above the surface of the ground, which gives protection for defenders in a standing position, firing over the crest.

breastwork

1. Masonry work for a chimney breast.
2. The parapet of a building.
3. A defensive wall, hastily constructed, about breast high, often protecting the summit of a mound.
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Colonel John Jones, commander of the 35th North Carolina, jumped atop the breastworks and called on his men to follow him.
Their suppressed voices soon broke into yells of defiance as they swarmed up te hill towards the breastworks of the defenders.
The author has published a number of books on the Civil War and other historical battle engagements but this book has photographic renderings of ancient relics and breastworks utilized by both Union and Confederate forces.
We were assigned along with parties of convicts to dig canals and break stones for breastworks and barricades, and if ever I heard a reference to building pyramids, I spat three times.
From the reconstructed breastworks, one can see the fields of fire available to the British and their colonial allies and the advantages offered by the depth of their defenses for internal lines of maneuver and sustainment.
Focusing, therefore, on generalships, command decisions, strategy, and tactics, while not ignoring the role social and political forces played in conditioning the views and attitudes (and thereby morale) of ordinary soldiers, he argues that the tactical deadlock of the first years of the war did not result solely from the inherent superiority of the power of the defensive, the rifled musket, and breastworks, as has been argued elsewhere, but also combined rampant command inexperience and failure to recognize offensive opportunities.
As the Confederates drove the Federals back, First Lieutenant McCammon took command of Company F in a desperate defense of the breastworks.
An effective security system protects a company's computer operations with a series of defenses, like the walls and breastworks around a fort.
Includes reproductions of log breastworks used in battle, monuments, visitor center with exhibits and artifacts, and interpretive trail marking the military road and battlefield.
There was a mud room, flagstone underfoot, firewood stacked up like breastworks on both sides, and then the main room, with its bare oak floors and plaster walls.
The Five Fingers jump in Idaho has five drive lanes marked by 680-m high rock cairns, as well as several stone fences and breastworks (Agenbroad, 1978).