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Near Mechanicsburg in Hampshire County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Fort Mill Ridge Trenches

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 28, 2020
1. Fort Mill Ridge Trenches Marker
Inscription.  Constructed in Spring 1863 by the 54th Pennsylvania under Col. Jacob Campbell, the fortifications took advantage of the natural defenses overlooking Mechanicsburg Gap and the South Branch of the Potomac. The site was occupied March-June and August-November 1863 by the 54th, but it went unused the rest of the war. The trenches were listed on the National Register in 2014.
 
Erected 2016 by West Virginia Archives & History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
Location. 39° 19.599′ N, 78° 47.802′ W. Marker is near Mechanicsburg, West Virginia, in Hampshire County. Marker is on Fort Mill Ridge Road just east of Core Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 Fort Mill Ridge, Romney WV 26757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Control of the Mechanicsburg Gap (approx. ¼ mile away); The Civil War in the South Branch Valley (approx. ¼ mile away); Construction of Fort Mill Ridge
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By Devry Becker Jones, May 28, 2020
2. Fort Mill Ridge Trenches Marker
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Abandonment of Fort Mill Ridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Mill Ridge (approx. ¼ mile away); The Central Redoubt (approx. ¼ mile away); Interior of the Central Redoubt (approx. ¼ mile away); The Ditch as a Second Line of Defense (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsburg.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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