Fort Edward Johnson

Fort Edward Johnson (HMAY5)

Location: Rock Hill, VA 22843 Augusta County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.706', W 79° 23.044'

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On April 19, 1862, General Johnson, with General Lee's approval, moved our regiment from Allegheny Mountain to Shenandoah Mountain. To protect ourselves from Yankee bullets, we dug about a mile of trench in this rocky ground. We then opened our field of fire by cutting down trees on the western slopes - the direction the Union Army was coming from.

We made breastworks by first piling logs laid on the downhill side of the trench, and then piling dirt on the outside of the logs. Our regiment could kneel in the trench and fire our rifles without being exposed to Yankee fire. Can you see what remains of the trench where I knelt behind the breastworks?
HM NumberHMAY5
Series This marker is part of the Battlefield Trails - Civil War series
Placed ByU.S. Forest Service
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:18pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 641276 N 4241642
Decimal Degrees38.31176667, -79.38406667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.706', W 79° 23.044'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 42.36" N, 79° 23' 2.64" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2775 Shenandoah Mountain Rd, Rock Hill VA 22843, US
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