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Madison Heights in Amherst County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lynchburg Defenses

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
1. Lynchburg Defenses Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, a line of trenches and fortified artillery positions extending past here were built late in 1863 to defend Lynchburg against attack from the north. Brig. Gen. Francis T. Nicholls was responsible for ensuring that the local militia, invalids, and convalescents properly manned the fortifications. On 12 June 1864, Nicholls ordered the local militia and invalids into these lines to repel a possible advance by Federal cavalry commanded by Brig. Gen. Alfred Duffle, but the Federals altered their course to Lexington. Soon after, the Confederates moved into defense works south of the city to face Maj. Gen. David Hunterís assault on 17-18 June 1864.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number R-4.)
 
Location. 37° 25.455′ N, 79° 7.563′ W. Marker is in Madison Heights, Virginia, in Amherst County. Marker is on Colony Road (Virginia Route 210) near South Amherst Highway (Virginia Route 163), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison Heights VA 24572, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amherst County / Campbell County (approx. 0.7 miles away); Central Virginia Training Center
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By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
2. Lynchburg Defenses Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Williams Viaduct (approx. ĺ mile away); Point of Honor (approx. one mile away); Civil War Lynchburg (approx. one mile away); Lynchburg History (approx. one mile away); Luke Jordan, Blues Pioneer (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Madison Heights.
 
More about this marker. South Amherst Highway, now State Route 163, was originally U.S. 29, then U.S. 29 Business when the first bypass was built. Today U.S. 29 bypasses that bypass.

This marker replaced an early 1930s marker with the same name and title that stood on then U.S. 29 at its intersection with Colony Road which read, “Half a mile southeast, on Madison Heights, are two large earthworks forming part of the Confederate defense system, 1861–65.”
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Lynchburg Defenses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 6, 2016
3. Lynchburg Defenses Marker
Lynchburg Defenses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, June 7, 2016
4. Lynchburg Defenses Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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