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Near Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Capture of Star Fort

 
 
Capture of Star Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
1. Capture of Star Fort Marker
Inscription.  The fort on the hilltop to the southwest, known as Star Fort, was taken by Colonel Schoonmaker of Sheridan’s Army in the Battle of September 19, 1864.
 
Erected 1937 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number A-3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1822.
 
Location. 39° 12.549′ N, 78° 9.041′ W. Marker is near Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is on Valley Turnpike (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cavalry Charge at Fort Collier (approx. half a mile away); Lt. Collier’s Earthworks (approx. half a mile away); Fort Collier (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Collier (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Collier
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(approx. 0.6 miles away); George Washington in Winchester (approx. 0.6 miles away); Third Battle of 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.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers Discussing Star Fort
 
A 3 Along the Valley Turnpike image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
2. A 3 Along the Valley Turnpike
Location of Star Fort image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 15, 2007
3. Location of Star Fort
The remains of Star Fort stand on a small tract of ground just north of Frederick Pike (US 522) in Winchester. The site is pressed by development on several sides.
View From Position of Star Fort image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, September 15, 2007
4. View From Position of Star Fort
This view, from the loop running through the housing development just north of the fort location, demonstrates the important tactical location of the fort. In the distance, nearly fourteen miles to the west, is the cleft in the Blue Ridge known as Snickers Gap.

Most of the Third Battle of Winchester played out within the scope of this view - the Berryville Canyon, the Redbud Run area, Stephenson's Depot, Fort Collier, and the final defenses near the National Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,414 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on October 21, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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