Field Fortifications

Field Fortifications (HM1OT)

Location: Strasburg, VA 22657 Shenandoah County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 0.231', W 78° 21.276'

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Those earthworks were built in October 1864 by the 2nd Division, VIth U.S. Corps under the supervision of its adjutant general, Capt. Hazard Stevens. The crescent shaped positions, called "lunettes" because of their resemblance to a new moon, were built to protect an artillery piece and its crew. The three guns placed here composed half a battery and were designated a "section." An infantry trench line extended eastward.

The devastating effect of Civil War weapons made the use of field fortifications routine by 1864. They provided protection to defenders while increasing problems for the attacker. Construction was conducted within procedures developed at West Point prior to the war and was fully standard on both sides.
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 3:12am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 729074 N 4320533
Decimal Degrees39.00385000, -78.35460000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 0.231', W 78° 21.276'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 0' 13.86" N, 78° 21' 16.56" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 363 Radio Station Rd, Strasburg VA 22657, US
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