Near Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Constructing Star Fort
"It was hard work"
The construction of Star Fort, called "the large fort," not only offered Milroy a sense of security but also satisfied his sense of justice. Some of the construction materials, in particular the limestone used for the footings on which the artillery pieces stood, came from the home of former U.S. Senator James M. Mason, author of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. "Today the walls of Mr. Mason's house were pulled down," Winchester resident
Milroy's soldiers found the labor here grueling. A soldier in the 18th Connecticut Infantry wrote that they were "working on the fort and rifle pits, with axe, pick and shovel. ... Many of the boys had never used or handled that kind of tools. It was hard work."
(left photo) Gen. Robert H. Milroy Courtesy Jonathan A. Noyalas Collection
(right photo) Sen. James M. Mason Courtesy Library of Congress
(map) Map of Winchester, June 13-15, 1863, with Union forts Courtesy Library of Congress
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 39° 12.363′ N, 78° 9.864′ W. Marker is near Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Fortress Drive, 0.1 miles north of North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 512 Fortress Drive, Winchester VA 22603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distanceSecond Battle of Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Battle of Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Earthworks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Second Battle of Winchester (about 300 feet away); Lord Fairfax (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Collier (approx. 0.6 miles away); George Washington in Winchester (approx. 0.6 miles away); 2nd Battle of Winchester / 3rd Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2017, by Pete Skillman of Port Deposit, Maryland. This page has been viewed 473 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on January 21, 2017, by Pete Skillman of Port Deposit, Maryland. 2. submitted on January 23, 2017. 3, 4. submitted on September 18, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.