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Fort Early

 
 
Fort Early Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. Fort Early Monument
Inscription. Named for Confederate Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early, this roughly square earthen redoubt served as a part of the outer line of defense for Lynchburg in June 1864. Fort Early and the outer fortifications were constructed to provide additional protection for the vital railroad facilities in Lynchburg threatened by Union Maj. Gen. David Hunter’s troops after Early arrived on 17 June. On 18 June, Hunter advanced his troops towards Confederate positions, while Union artillery bombarded Fort Early and other Confederate fortifications. After a number of unsuccessfull assaults during the day, Hunter ordered a retreat that night. His troops withdrew to the southwest towards present-day Roanoke.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q–6-1.)
 
Location. 37° 23.403′ N, 79° 10.359′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Avenue (Business U.S. 460) and Memorial Ave (Business U.S. 29), on the right when traveling north on Fort Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jubal Early Memorial (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named
Earthworks of Fort Early image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
2. Earthworks of Fort Early
Fort Early (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spring Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lynchburg College (approx. one mile away); Second Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A. (approx. one mile away); Mustered and Disbanded 1861-1865 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Virginia University of Lynchburg (approx. 1.2 miles away); Civil War in Lynchburg (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
Regarding Fort Early. This is one in a series of Civil War Trails markers interpreting the Battle of Lynchburg (17-18 June 1864) and the city's role in the Civil War. Select the Civil War Virtual Tour by Marker link below to see other related markers.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Lynchburg Virtual Tour by Markers. An eight stop Civil War Trails tour, with several Virginia state markers and other memorials added. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Sign inside Fort Early image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
3. Sign inside Fort Early
 
 
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