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Author:Coetzee, Colin
Year:1995
Title:Forts of the Eastern Cape : Securing a frontier 1799 - 1878
Place:Grahamstown
Publisher:Colin G Coetzee

This book on fortifications on the Eastern Frontier is meant to be a scholarly, authoritative, well-researched reference work, not anecdotal, on a neglected topic of South African Military history. The research material was mostly drawn from original British archival sources and works of contemporary writers, some of them actual eye-witnesses during the construction of some of the military posts.

Aims were, among others, to indicate the exact nature of the forts, why they were erected where they were sited, how they related to the broader trends of frontier history and how their existence affected the lives of the British soldiers who manned them as well as those of the amaXhosa against and among whom they were erected.

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Fort Beechamwood, 1878, Willowvale, Eastern Cape. pp 571
Fort Brown, 1835, Fort Brown, Eastern Cape. pp 22, 268-273, 306, 316, 639
Fort Frederick, 1799, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. pp 92-100
Fort Hare, c1847, Alice, Eastern Cape. pp 451-492
Fort Jackson, pre 1859, East London, Eastern Cape. pp 551-553
Fort Linsingen, 1877-1878, Komgha, Eastern Cape. pp 581
Fort Murray - Second, c1847, King William's Town, Eastern Cape. pp 442, 446-447 ill, 532
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Fort Pato, 1853, East London, Eastern Cape. pp 527, 528 ill, 529 ill
Fort Warwick, 1878, Komgha, Eastern Cape. pp 581-583
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