barrier fort

barrier fort

1. One of a number of mutually-supporting medieval forts which protect a large area of the countryside.
2. A fort that can withstand a limited siege.
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Moreover, barrier forts and fortified cities instilled a stifling defensive mentality in the troops, as Scheibert noted at Vicksburg and the French would corroborate at Metz and Sedan in 1870.
du Pont's Efficiency Board (1855); after promotion to commander (1856), he took command of the sloop Portsmouth in the Far East; while observing British operations against Canton, in the Opium War, his vessel was fired upon by the Chinese; attacked and destroyed four "barrier forts" near Canton (Guangzhou) (November 20-22, 1856); returned to the U.S.