North in Mathews County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The redan, derived from the French word for “projection and salient,” consists of two faces joined to form a salient angle projecting toward the enemy and the path of an expected attack. The projecting V fortification at Fort Nonsense was designed for infantry use.
A redoubt, from the French word meaning “place of retreat,” is usually an enclosed defensive emplacement outside a larger defensive system, or an independent
Derived from the French word for “little moon,” a lunette is an outer ﬁeld work that forms a salient facing the enemy but is open on the side facing away from the enemy.
(lower left) Confederate fortifications, Big Bethel, Harper's Weekly, Apr. 26, 1862
(upper right) Redan, redoubt, and lunette, from The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War (1891-1895)
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil WarTrails.
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 month for this entry is April 1863.
Location. 37° 27.994′ N, 76° 26.663′ 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. Located along the walking trail in Fort Nonsense Historical Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North VA 23128, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Nonsense (here, next to this marker); By Land And By Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort NonsenseMathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); John Clayton, Botanist (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 3. submitted on June 23, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.