“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near West Augusta in Highland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fort Edward Johnson

Fort Edward Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert H. Moore, II, February 27, 2009
1. Fort Edward Johnson Marker
Inscription. On April 19, 1862, General Johnson, with General Lee’s approval, moved our regiment from Allegheny Mountain to Shenandoah Mountain. To protect ourselves from Yankee bullets, we dug about a mile of trench in this rocky ground. We then opened our field of fire by cutting down trees on the western slopes – the direction the Union Army was coming from.

We made breastworks by first piling logs laid on the downhill side of the trench, and then piling dirt on the outside of the logs. Our regiment could kneel in the trench and fire our rifles without being exposed to Yankee fire. Can you see what remains of the trench where I knelt behind the breastworks?
Erected by U.S. Forest Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War marker series.
Location. 38° 18.706′ N, 79° 23.044′ W. Marker is near West Augusta, Virginia, in Highland County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 250, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Part of the “Confederate Breastworks Trail” at Fort Edward Johnson. Marker is in this post office area: West Augusta VA 24485, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 13 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “It was cold business” (a few
Fort Edward Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2010
2. Fort Edward Johnson Marker
steps from this marker); Welcome to Fort Edward Johnson (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Breastworks Interpretive Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); “The Shenandoah Mountain Pass is grand indeed…” (within shouting distance of this marker); Highland County / Augusta County (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Edward Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); “Wee are faring badly…” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Healing the Wounds (about 500 feet away); “... tolerable well fortified” (about 500 feet away); “We had a hardscrabble up…” (about 700 feet away); “Wee are now looking out for a fight…” (approx. 0.2 miles away); “… to go wee did not know where” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mountain House (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Augusta.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is an illustration depicting the breastworks along the mountain crest.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Fort Edward Johnson virtual tour by markers.
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,115 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 6, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.   2. submitted on May 5, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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