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North in Mathews County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Nonsense

How was Fort Nonsense Built?

 
 
Fort Nonsense CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
1. Fort Nonsense CWT Marker
Inscription. The construction of an earthen fortification like Fort Nonsense required an enormous amount of labor. A clear field of fire was created as men with axes chopped down the trees in front of the work. Logs framed the fort's outline and helped to hold the earth in place. Gabions—wicker baskets made from saplings, vines, and small trees—were piled to create the walls. The ditch outside the walls was dug to provide the earth for the parapet as well as to impede attackers. Abatis—tangled tree limbs with the ends sharpened and facing toward the enemy—were placed in a continuous line 60 to 80 yards in front of the earthwork to slow attackers and enable the defenders to deliver close small-arms fire from the fort. Logs cleared from the field of fire area were used inside the fort to construct cannon platforms, munitions magazines, and bombproof shelters.

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(lower left) Gabions and log earthwork construction - Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper right) Abatis and ditch - Courtesy Library of Congress
(lower right) Constructing earthworks by moonlight Courtesy Library of Congress

 
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil WarTrails.
 
Marker series. This
Field Fortifications CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. Field Fortifications CWT Marker
marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 27.992′ N, 76° 26.663′ W. Marker is in North, Virginia, in Mathews County. Marker can be reached from Windsor Road (Virginia Route 3) 0.2 miles north of John Clayton Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 14), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located along the walking trail in Fort Nonsense Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: North VA 23128, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Field Fortifications (here, next to this marker); By Land And By Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (within shouting distance of this marker); Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Clayton, Botanist (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in North.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Fort Nonsense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
3. Fort Nonsense Marker
Fort Nonsense image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
4. Fort Nonsense
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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