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

Capture of Star Fort

 
 
Capture of Star Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
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 Sheridanís Army in the Battle of September 19, 1864.
 
Erected 1937 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number A-3.)
 
Location. 39° 12.549′ N, 78° 9.041′ W. Marker is in 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.
 
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. Collierís 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); George Washington in Winchester (was approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Collier (approx. 0.6 miles away); 2nd 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
A 3 Along the Valley Turnpike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
2. A 3 Along the Valley Turnpike
Fort
 
Also see . . .
1. Third Battle of Winchester or Opequon. National Parks Service Summary of the Battle. (Submitted on September 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Second Winchester. A year earlier, Star Fort also played an important role in a battle fought around Winchester on 13-15 June 1863. The battle was part of General Lee's advance north, culminating in the Battle of Gettysburg. (Submitted on September 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Col. James Schoonmaker commanded the 14th PA Cavalry in the action, which took Star Fort. (Submitted on September 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Star Fort Preservation. Brief discussion regarding the preservation efforts for the site of Star Fort. (Submitted on September 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

5. Star Fort Preservation Update - September 12, 2007. While Star Fort has been set aside for preservation, it is not immediately accessible. Unfortunately development and destructive land use practices have damaged the site. (Submitted on September 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Location of Star Fort image. Click for full size.
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.
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 June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 3, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,095 times since then and 50 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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