Military buffs enjoy an in depth accounting of the strategic defenses of our nation’s capitol. Presented is an antique book titled in full as “A Report on the Defenses of Washington to the Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army” by Brevet major General J.G. Barnard. This original 1871 volume recounts the plans and tactics for safeguarding Washington D.C. during the Civil War, with fascinating and surprisingly easy to digest sections on “Origin and Process of Construction”; “The Tete-de-Pont at the Chain Bridge”; “Early’s March Upon Washington”; “Defenses at Alexandria”; “The Arlington Lines”; “The Northern Lines”; “Defenses of Washington”; and more.
Two detached engravings are located at the front of the book, including a two-page foldout titled “Battery Kimble” and a single-page with “Battery Rodgers”. Located at rear are thirty plates of maps and charts with the great majority firmly attached and a few that are detached (part of Plate 1 is absent). Other than the few detached pages this nearly one hundred and fifty year old book remains solid with a sturdy spine and cover boards. Age-appropriate wear relegates this volume to (VG) status, a fairly respectable grade considering its ancient age.