Redoubts, on the other hand, were smaller enclosed or semi-enclosed strongpoints located along or in advance of a main line of defense. They usually were designed to withstand attacks from three and even all four sides. Each of the redoubts at Camden was a massive yet simple earthen affair encircled or at least fronted by a deep ditch. They differed from the norm mainly in that they stood almost entirely alone, unsupported by the network of trenches and sprawling forts generally found encompassing a vital city (3).
The five earthworks varied somewhat in size and shape and were located at irregular intervals along the periphery of the town. The northernmost, redoubt A, is known today as Fort Lookout. It was erected atop a high bluff overlooking a bend in the Ouachita River. Redoubt A was rectangular in shape and held six or more pieces of field artillery. Extending immediately west of the redoubt was an L-shaped earthwork mounting another battery of six or more guns (4). This fortified complex commanded two fords below the bluff and also covered the approach of Gravel Pit Road from the northwest. Though the midsection of Fort Lookout was leveled a few years ago to make way for the construction of a house, much of the redoubt and its supporting works have survived in remarkably good condition.