Fort Hill in Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Confederate Center
— Battle of Lynchburg —
When Union Gen. David Hunter attacked Lynchburg in June 1864, he advanced his army from the west along the turnpike. Confederate reinforcements commanded by Gen. Jubal A. Early began arriving during the day on June 17 and quickly entrenched along a line centered on this fort to receive the initial Federal assault. Lt. Carter Berkley placed his guns in the redoubt here and opened fire at about 4 o’clock that afternoon. The fighting continued in front of the fort until dark.
During the night the Confederates extended their trenches and successfully repelled Federal attacks throughout June 18. Having failed to break through Early’s defenses, Hunter ordered a retreat, and by dawn on Sunday, June 19, the Union army was gone.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 37° 23.366′ N, 79° 10.396′ W. Marker is in Fort Hill in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Avenue (U.S. 460) and Vermont Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Fort Avenue. Marker is on the brick wall of Fort Early on Vermont Ave. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jubal Early Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Early (about 300 feet away); Spring Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lynchburg College (approx. one mile away); Second Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A. (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mustered and Disbanded 1861-1865 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Virginia University of Lynchburg (approx. 1.3 miles away); Civil War in Lynchburg (approx. 1.3 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker displays portraits of Gens. Francis Nicholls, Jubal Early and David Hunter in the lower center. A map showing the unit dispositions during the battle over the present day road network is on the right side of the marker.
Regarding Fort Early. This is one in a series of Civil War Trails markers interpreting the Battle of Lynchburg (17-18 June 1864) and the city's role in the Civil War. Select the Civil
Also see . . . Civil War Lynchburg Virtual Tour by Markers. An eight stop Civil War Trails tour, with several Virginia state markers and other memorials added. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2007. This page has been viewed 2,285 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on August 31, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 2, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.