Glossary of Defined Terms


Vedettes were sentries positioned on all roads, paths, and points of high ground at a distance from a fortification to give advanced warning of an enemy's approach. As soon as videttes reported the enemy nearby, final preparations for conducting a sustained defense were excellerated; all buildings and woods surrounding the fortifications were torched, all supplies not already in the work were carried in or burned, the garrison collected, and advanced posts established to delay the enemy's approach.

Duparcq, Eduard De La Barre. Elements of Military Art and History. Pp. 226-227.

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