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Forts: Conclusion

The series on Civil War Forts is wrapping up, and – as usual – we’re collecting all the series’ articles into one post for easy reference in the future. Thank you to all the writers and all the readers and … Continue reading

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Fort Jefferson: An Un-attacked Stronghold

It was in February 1861, just two months before the Civil War began, when seceding southern states began to seize control of federal forts after President James Buchanan denied them.  Fort Jefferson, despite being located in the Florida Keys, was … Continue reading

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Ships vs Forts 1861: Off to the Races

L to R: USS Harriet Lane (background), USS Wabash, USS Minnesota, USS Pawnee It was unthinkable for wooden warships in the long age of sail to engage massive forts mounting huge guns often firing heated shot plunging from the heights. … Continue reading

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Forts: Fort Collier — “It Seems Strong and Well Built”

In the evening of September 19, 1864, after the Third Battle of Winchester, Union cavalry commanders jousted their egos and boasted of their exploits that day. In Wesley Merritt’s division, George Custer and Charles Russell Lowell, Jr. playfully jabbed at … Continue reading

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Forts: Star Fort — “It Was A Hot Place”

The 18th Connecticut Regiment joined General Robert Milroy’s command at Winchester, Virginia, in May 1863. Recruited in August 1862, the unit had spent its early months of service at Fort McHenry and other Baltimore defenses before heading to the Shenandoah … Continue reading

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Fort Abraham Lincoln – Symbol of Civil War Memory on the North Dakota Prairie

When Emerging Civil War asked us all to think about whether we might write something on this month’s theme of “Forts” my instinct was to write about Fort Union, New Mexico. In fact, I told our editorial maestro Sarah Kay … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Fort: Fort Tejon in Lebec, CA

A calm, crisp mountain breeze blew down from the Tehachapi Mountains into La Cañada de las Uvas (Grapevine Canyon). Major Jonathan Letterman, stationed here since December 1859, removed his hat, and wiped his forehead with the back of his hand. … Continue reading

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Forts: “Too Heavy to Level Down”: Fort Beauregard in Manassas

Earthworks and manmade fortifications have withstood battle, nature, and development to serve as tangible reminders of the American Civil War. Hopefully, they will be around many more decades to serve as teaching tools for battlefield trompers and Civil War students. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Forts Footage from the ECW YouTube Page

We have forts on the brain this month, so if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, how about a video tour of some of our favorite forts? We have a ton of fort footage on the Emerging Civil … Continue reading

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Forts: Pensacola’s Advanced Redoubt

In 2019, I made my first visit to the Pensacola forts (Pickens and Barrancas). This was long overdue, given my proximity. Another fortification that I visited was the Advanced Redoubt, located a short distance north of Fort Barrancas, built to … Continue reading

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