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Near Ackworth in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Inside the Star Fort

 
 
Inside the Star Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 5, 2014
1. Inside the Star Fort Marker
Inscription. The "Star Fort" was constructed of 6-foot high earthworks or parapets, with a 6-foot deep trench completely surrounding the fort. The earthen walls were topped with interlacing railroad ties forming a multi-pointed star, giving the fort its designation "Star Fort." This war-time photo was taken from the same position as this marker and shows the sally port, the only opening through which artillery, supplies, and troops could pass.

Approximately 700 Federals took refuge inside these walls during the Confederate assault. Unable to capture this position, the Confederates surrounded the Star Fort on three sides and poured continuous musket fire over the walls and through the gun embrasure openings. Federal losses mounted alarmingly as sharpshooters found their targets inside the crowded fort. While peeking over the wall at the enemy position, General Corse was wounded by a bullet across his cheek and ear. Following the battle, 192 bullet holes were counted in the American flag that had flown inside the Star Fort.

"... they [Federals] were pent up inside in such numbers that they lay on one another, sat on each other, stood on others dead or alive, praying for relief." General Samuel French, C.S.A.

"From a distance not exceeding one hundred yards ... they [Confederates] kept the air over the forts and rifle
Inside the Star Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 5, 2014
2. Inside the Star Fort Marker
In a picture taken on the 150th anniversary of the battle, what remains of the Star Fort wall can be seen beyond the marker, with the sally port to the left.
pits literally full of bullets all the time. For a full three hours, no man could expose any part of his body above the forts or rifle-pits for the space of ten seconds without extreme danger of being killed or wounded." Harvey M. Trimble, 93rd Illinois Regiment
 
Erected by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.
 
Location. 34° 6.911′ N, 84° 42.999′ W. Marker is near Ackworth, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker can be reached from Old Allatoona Road SE 2 miles east of Interstate 75, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker can be accessed from a wooden stairway beginning in the railroad cut at Allatoona. Marker is in this post office area: Acworth GA 30101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Withdrawal (a few steps from this marker); Assault On The Star Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Rowett's Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Deep Cut (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Foot Bridge (about 300 feet away); Grave of the Unknown Hero (about 300 feet away); 4th Minnesota Regimental Headquarters (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Allatoona Pass Battlefield (about 500 feet away).
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Georgia, Allatoona Pass image. Click for full size.
By George N. Barnard, circa 1865
3. Georgia, Allatoona Pass
National Archives Identifier: 533401
Reenactment of Cannon Fire image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 5, 2014
4. Reenactment of Cannon Fire
Civil War Union reenactors commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Allatoona Pass.
Reenactment of Confederate Soliders image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, October 5, 2014
5. Reenactment of Confederate Soliders
Civil War Confederate reenactors commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Allatoona Pass.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 14, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   2. submitted on October 15, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   3. submitted on August 18, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   4, 5. submitted on October 15, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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