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Defending the Fort

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
1. Defending the Fort Marker
Inscription. Clearly one of the Fort’s entrances, this “sally port” was probably needed here to rush men and perhaps cannons out to defend against an assault up the ravine behind you. This was the only place a body of hostile infantry could gather for a close-quarters assault without first being subjected to heavy cannon fire. The ravine below this site was a natural path to the South Branch of the Potomac River. (Several miles west of the Fort, the North Fork and the South Branch rivers meet.)

From the Diary of Joshua Winters, September 10–20, 1863. “Thur 10. clear today. tonite at 9 oclock thair was 100 of us went on a scout. We waded the South Branch, crost the mountain, got to the North Branch at daylite, very rough rode, steep and dark. Fri 11. went down the river and attacked the eneme. Drove them look sum prisners, then took the mountain. got to camp at sundown. all vary tiard. rough rodes and hard marchin. the 11 of September the rebels supprised Stevens at Moorefield and took 150 of our regement. Sat 12. Damp today. tonight at 9 oclock thair was 150 of us went scout, waded the river and traveld till 2 in the morning. stopt in the woods, side of the mountain. i am on pickit. dark. all tiard and sleepy. Sun 13. at daylite the 54th deploid and we moved on along the mountain for 2 miles. then we
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2. Closeup of Photo on Marker
“Troops marched through a sally port and past a defensive barrier of cut trees, known as an abatis.”
went to the top of it. the rebels had left. we com back on ther ode and got our breckfist. got in camp at 2 oclock, all tiard and sleepy. we went 25 miles. ... Wed 16. Clear today. i am on gard at Col Mulligans headqurters. ... Sat 19. the wind is cold today. i am working on the fort today. Sun 20. it is still cold. thair was preaching in camp today.”

 
Erected by Civil War Preservation Trust.
 
Location. 39° 0.033′ N, 79° 8.4′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, West Virginia, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from the Grant Memorial Hospital Parking Lot south of West Virginia Route 55. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg WV 26847, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Protecting Supplies (within shouting distance of this marker); The Last Days of Fort Mulligan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Impregnable Fortress (within shouting distance of this marker); Winter Quarters Huts (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Cannons (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Strategic Location (about
Defending the Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
3. Defending the Fort Marker
300 feet away); The Irish Brigade & the McNeill Rangers / The Civil War Comes to Hardy County (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Fort Mulligan Civil War Site (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Additional keywords. Fort Mulligan
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Sally Port Beyond the Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
4. The Sally Port Beyond the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,061 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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