Appreciating Deeply, Photos of Built Stuff Fort Jefferson Redux 19 January 2018 18 January 2018 Buildings, Military I’ve started experimenting with low-light photography, at least where there are no options. I now routinely carry a tiny tripod, which made these interior shots possible. Each step in that circular staircase is made of a single piece of stone. Fort Jefferson, Garden Key FL Shells, Garden Key 8 Comments Jim Taylor 21 January 2018 at 11:35 am 11 months ago If I read the bottom picture correctly, it was built for right-handed people/defenders. Assuming that attackers would be coming UP the stairs, and the defenders were holding the high ground, a right handed swordsman (certainly unlikely to be a swordswoman) would have a clear swing. But the right-handed attackers coming up the stairs would have to use their swords backhanded. Jim T Isabel Gibson 21 January 2018 at 1:59 pm 11 months ago Jim T – I think that’s right. I’d forgotten that, but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard/read that before – the structure facilitates the majority handedness for defenders and disadvantages the attackers. Pretty tricky, eh? Of course, if your life depended on fending off a sword-wielding attacker, you’d get pretty tricky pretty quickly. Alison 21 January 2018 at 12:48 pm 11 months ago And where does that leave us “left-handed” folks? In demand as attackers? Or at risk as defenders? Isabel Gibson 21 January 2018 at 2:05 pm 11 months ago Alison – I think you’re right – you would be a desirable attacker. And the ambidextrous also . . . John Whitman 21 January 2018 at 1:59 pm 11 months ago Isabel – how old is Fort Jefferson? I ask that because brickwork fortresses don’t generally stand up well to cannonballs and became even more obsolete with the advent of riffled artillery pieces and naval guns. Isabel Gibson 21 January 2018 at 2:15 pm 11 months ago John – Construction started in December of 1946, but at the start of the Civil War it wasn’t finished yet. I believe it was used as a war-fighting installation during the Civil War and then as a military prison until 1869. From what I understand about its firing capacity and reach, it may never have come under fire. Marilyn Smith 21 January 2018 at 6:14 pm 11 months ago Wonderful perspective and light in these photos. Reminds me of Fort Henry in Kingston or a monastery in Portugal, I forget. Isabel Gibson 21 January 2018 at 9:56 pm 11 months ago Marilyn – How delightful to have a monastery in Portugal in the memory mix! Wiki tells me that Fort Henry was built about 30 years earlier than Fort Jefferson (although the latter’s construction period did drag on, and it was never truly finished). I, of course, have no idea how quickly building methods changed at that point. Comments are closed.