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Encyclopedia > Fort Burgoyne

Fort Burgoyne, originally known as Castle Hill Fort, was built in the 1860s to guard the high ground northeast of Dover, England. Built to a polygonal system with detached eastern and western redoubts, the fort is named after the 19th century General John Burgoyne, not the more famous John Burgoyne of the American Revolutionary War.

The central part of the fort is still under Army occupation as Connaught Barracks and cannot be visited, but the eastern and western outworks are accessible, if heavily overgrown.

External links

  • Fort Burgoyne (http://www.dover-kent.co.uk/defence/fort_burgoyne.htm)
  • Eastern Outworks (http://www.castlekas.freeserve.co.uk/ft_burgoyne_e_outworks.htm)

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John Burgoyne - LoveToKnow 1911 (564 words)
By Lord Derby's interest Burgoyne was then reinstated at the outbreak of the Seven Years' War, and in 1758 he became captain and lieutenantcolonel in the foot guards.
In this disastrous expedition he gained possession of Ticonderoga (for which he was made a lieutenant-general) and Fort Edward; but, pushing on, was detached from his communications with Canada,and hemmed in by a superior force at Saratoga (q.v.).
General Burgoyne, whose wife died in June 1776 during his absence in Canada, had several natural children (born between 1782 and 1788) by Susan Caulfield, an opera singer, one of whom became Field Marshal Sir J. Burgoyne.
Fort Burgoyne (433 words)
In the centre of the fort is a parade ground surrounded on three sides by bomb proof barracks protected by a covering of earth on top of which were the main gun positions.
The armament of the fort was updated though out the 19th century to keep abreast of developments in weaponry.
Fort Burgoyne remains virtually unchanged today but it is not accessible to the public, being within the secure area of Connaught Barracks.
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