Fort Early

Fort Early (HMRT0)

Location: Lynchburg, VA 24501
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 23.366', W 79° 10.396'

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— Battle of Lynchburg —

Following the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg in July 1863, Lynchburg's citizens became concerned about the lack of defenses around the city. Gen. Francis Nicholls, post commander, prepared a series of earthen redoubts and trenches at strategic points to take advantage of Lynchburg's topography. He designed the earthen redoubt here to protect an artillery battery covering the Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike (Fort Ave.).

When Union Gen. David Hunter attacked Lynchburg in June 1864, he advanced his army from the west along the turnpike. Confederate reinforcements commanded by Gen. Jubal A. Early began arriving during the day on June 17 and quickly entrenched along a line centered of this fort to receive the initial Federal assault. Lt. Carter Berkley placed his guns in the redoubt here and opened fire at about 4 o'clock that afternoon. The fighting continued in front of the fort until dark.

During the night the Confederates extended their trenches and successfully repelled Federal attacks throughout June 18. Having failed to break through Early's defenses, Hunter ordered a retreat, and by dawn on Sunday, June 19, the Union army was gone.
HM NumberHMRT0
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:15pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 661710 N 4139640
Decimal Degrees37.38943333, -79.17326667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 23.366', W 79° 10.396'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 23' 21.96" N, 79° 10' 23.76" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3786-3812 US-460 BUS, Lynchburg VA 24501, US
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