Introduction to terms and definitions found throughout the encyclopedia.



The branch of an army made up of units trained to fight on foot.  


To place a fort or city under siege. (See "siege" in the glossary).


Wooden warships sheathed in iron plates for protection from artillery fire. Ironclads were used for the first time in battle during the American Civil War by both the North and the South.

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