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Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Conahey

 
 
Fort Conahey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Fort Conahey Marker
Inscription.
“This fort has cost more labour than any other, has afforded an admirable lesson in engineering, and is one of the sights to show to strangers. Further than this I doubt the value of its elaborateness.”
- Col. Charles Wainwright, USA November 20, 1864

Here, unmolested by Confederate bullets and cannons, Union engineering built the most technically elaborate fort on the Petersburg front. Fort Conahey included two tiers of guns, sturdy wooded casemates, and a unique wooden interior palisade that acted as a traverse. Located a mile from Confederate lines, Conahey rarely came under fire from Confederate cannons and never suffered direct attack.

 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 10.314′ N, 77° 26.757′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Flank Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Petersburg National Battlefield along the Siege Line Tour. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive (approx. 0.4
Marker in Petersburg National Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Marker in Petersburg National Battlefield
This fort was constructed in October 1864 on ground captured by the Union during the Battle of Peebles Farm.
miles away); The Largest Fort (approx. half a mile away); Petersburg Battlefields (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Mysterious Historic Feature (approx. 1½ miles away); “A Great Struggle is Now Impending” (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by a war-time photograph with the caption “This photo was taken from the Peebles Farm signal tower, a quarter mile south of here. Fort Conahey is in the center.”

The right side of the marker also contains a picture of “The northern half of the fort, showing the tiered casemates and wooden interior palisade.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Heritage Documentation Programs. Fort
Illustration on right-hand side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft
3. Illustration on right-hand side of the marker
Conahey: Assessment of the Principal Earthworks: The Federal "Fish Hook" Line, Petersburg, VA. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,488 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on May 28, 2009, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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