Another River Line Shoupade Site Endangered

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Our friends at the Georgia Battlefields Association recently sent this update about their work in protecting some unique triangular forts. Read below for more information about their efforts to preserve these Shoupades and consider joining their effort by clicking here.

“Since 2003, the GBA newsletter has run several articles about the River Line, a unique system of fortifications featuring Shoupades, triangular forts designed by Francis Shoup and built by slaves. Shoupade Park, containing remnants of two Shoupades near Oakdale Road, was authorized by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners in 2004 and established two years later.

On 15 February, a GBA representative met with River Line Historic Area’s Roberta Cook and Steve Morrison and rezoning application Z-7 developer’s attorney and two contractors in hopes of saving the site of another Shoupade directly across Oakdale Road from Shoupade Park. This Shoupade was distinctly identifiable until about 30 years ago, when the then property owner bulldozed it because juveniles kept using it as a place to party. We hope the developer will at least leave the elevation on which the Shoupade once sat since the plan calls for the prominence to be graded down to street level. We’ll let you know what happens.”

About Daniel Welch

Dan Welch is currently a primary and secondary educator with a public school district in northeast Ohio. Previously, he was the Education Programs Coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, the non-profit partner of Gettysburg National Military Park. Dan continues to serve as a seasonal Park Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. He has received his BA in Instrumental Music Education from Youngstown State University and a MA in Military History with a Civil War Era concentration at American Military University. Dan has also studied under the tutelage of Dr. Allen C. Guelzo as part of the Gettysburg Semester at Gettysburg College. He has been a contributing member at Emerging Civil War for over six years and is the co-author of The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863. He resides with his wife, Sarah, and three Labrador retrievers in Boardman, Ohio.
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