North in Mathews County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War In Mathews County
The fortification is a continuous line of ﬁeld works. It is primarily a breastwork, which was designed to allow soldiers to stand or lean against the interior slope of the parapet to ﬁre at attacking troops. The exterior wall absorbed most of the incoming ﬁre.
Since only a portion of the original fort remains, it appears that it was constructed in the style of a lunette with its angles anchored on natural obstacles.
Two gun platforms were located at the point of the salient. The cannons' field of fire was centered on the road from Mathews Court House. The infantry redan was constructed to guard the gun platforms' curtain wall and produce a crossing column of ﬁre to help protect the position from an assault.
(lower left) Breastworks such as these protected the soldiers,
(upper right) Artillery pieces on platforms - Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil WarTrails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 27.93′ N, 76° 26.653′ 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. A different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); John Clayton, Botanist (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Nonsense (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field Fortifications By Land And By Sea (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (about 500 feet away); Mathews County (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in North.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 416 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.