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Civil War In Mathews County

Artillery Position

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
1. Civil War In Mathews County CWT Marker
Inscription. Fort Nonsense today consists of two sections of earthworks divided by a road trace. Archaeological evidence suggests that the fort's parapet extended across present-day Routes 3 and 14 to reach the exiting natural obstacles. The northerly-facing section is an infantry redan, and the southerly work is a continuous parapet with two cannon emplacements within a redan. The existing road trace that separates Fort Nonsense's two components could be considered the fort's sally port.

The fortification is a continuous line of field works. It is primarily a breastwork, which was designed to allow soldiers to stand or lean against the interior slope of the parapet to fire at attacking troops. The exterior wall absorbed most of the incoming fire.

Since only a portion of the original fort remains, it appears that it was constructed in the style of a lunette with its angles anchored on natural obstacles.

Two gun platforms were located at the point of the salient. The cannons' field of fire was centered on the road from Mathews Court House. The infantry redan was constructed to guard the gun platforms' curtain wall and produce a crossing column of fire to help protect the position from an assault.

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(lower left) Breastworks such as these protected the soldiers,
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By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
2. Civil War In Mathews County CWT Marker
who stood upright against the wall and fired over the parapet. - Courtesy Library of Congress
(upper right) Artillery pieces on platforms - Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil WarTrails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 27.93′ N, 76° 26.653′ 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. Touch for map. Located along the walking trail in Fort Nonsense Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: North VA 23128, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); John Clayton, Botanist (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Nonsense (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field Fortifications
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By Bernard Fisher, June 22, 2014
3. Fort Nonsense
(about 400 feet away); By Land And By Sea (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (about 500 feet away); Mathews County (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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