Petersburg in Grant County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Impregnable Fortress
Fort Mulligan was built to be an impregnable fortress. The inner walls of the Fort were lined with timber and a defensive barrier of cut trees, known as an abatis, protruded from the outer entrenchment walls to prevent a major assault. There are indications of as many as three entrances and at least seven gun emplacements.
Itís not hard to picture the incredible amount of work that was done here. Construction of the dirt earthworks was most likely done almost entirely with picks and shovels, with horses dragging in logs and perhaps hauling some earth in wagons. Hundreds and perhaps, at times, over a thousand men labored here for weeks on end. Some companies would work on the Fort while other companies were on picket duty and guard duty. Sources indicate that the works were still being improved in December of 1863, four months after construction began.
From the Diary
Erected by Civil War Preservation Trust.
Location. 39° 0.05′ N, 79° 8.45′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, West Virginia, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from the Grant Memorial Hospital Parking Lot south of Houghlin Lane (West Virginia Route 55). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg WV 26847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Winter Quarters Huts (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending the Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Protecting Supplies (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Last Days of Fort Mulligan (about 400 feet away); Civil War Cannons (about 500 feet away); The Irish Brigade & the McNeill Rangers / The Civil War Comes to Hardy County (about 500 feet away); Welcome to Fort Mulligan Civil War Site (about 500 feet away); A Strategic Location (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
More about this marker. The marker also has a drawing of soldiers carrying picks and shovels in the upper right with this caption, “Construction was most likely done with picks and shovels.” On the lower right is a portrait of “Private Joshua Winters, First (W) VA Volunteer Infantry (1843–1900).”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,257 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 20, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.