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Fortified since the 1600s, earth and wood seacoast defenses provided significant protection for the new seaport of Boston. By the Civil War era, impregnable granite fortresses guarded the seaward approaches to the Port of Boston.
At the turn of the 20th Century, powerful, long-range disappearing guns and mortars protected the seaport. During World War II the most powerful and sophisticated weapons were installed, and the first computers developed and radar systems employed were utilized for target acquisition and tracking.
The Guns of Boston Harbor, with over 600 pictures and illustrations, also describes incidents of enemy sneak craft penetrating Boston Harbor shortly after Pearl Harbor, Edgar Allan Poe's enlistment and tour of duty at Fort Independence, and the architectural influence of Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, also known as the "Father of West Point."
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