South Battery, Third Line of Defense

As the British planned the defensive works on Burlington Heights they were aware of the importance of the road that ran along the top. The British commanders expected an American assault along the road . In order to protect the guns and the gunners during battle an earthen defensive wall was constructed to absorb or deflect enemy fire. The forward wall of the battery was designed to allow the guns to fire through the earthen works defenses. In order to keep the guns from sinking into the soft ground, they sat on wooden platforms. The battery was at the southern end of the third line of defense. In the 1830’s Sir Allan MacNab the builder of Dundurn Castle erected his gate house on top of what had been the battery. The gate house became known as Battery Lodge.