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An illustration of a soldier charging through an abatis. Abatis, abattis, or abbattis (a French word meaning a heap of material thrown) is a term in field fortification for an obstacle formed of the branches of trees laid in a row, with the sharpened tops directed outwards, towards the enemy.


Coffin, Charles Carleton The Boys of '61; of, Four Years of Fighting. Personal Observation with the Army and Navy (Boston, MA: Estes and Lauriat, 1884)


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