Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War

Strasburg - Hupp's Hill Civil War Walking Tour

Field Fortifications

The marker on Field Fortifications is one of several along the walking trail at the Hupp's Hill Civil War Park north of Strasburg, Virginia.

 

How to get there

Hupp's Hill Civil War Park is just north of Strasburg, Virginia on the west side of the Valley Pike (U.S. 11) about 0.9 mile north of Strasburg and 1 miles south of Interstate 81.

 

Location: 39.0005 N, 78.3494 W see map.

 

Text from the marker

 

Field Fortifications

Those earthworks were built in October 1864 by the 2nd Division, VIth U.S. Corps under the supervision of its adjutant general, Capt. Hazard Stevens. The crescent shaped positions, called "lunettes" because of their resemblance to a new moon, were built to protect an artillery piece and its crew. The three guns placed here composed half a battery and were designated a "section." An infantry trench line extended eastward.

 

The devastating effect of Civil War weapons made the use of field fortifications routine by 1864. They provided protection to defenders while increasing problems for the attacker. Construction was conducted within procedures developed at West Point prior to the war and was fully standard on both sides.



Field Fortifications marker on the on the Hupp's Hill Walking Tour north of Strasburg, Virginia.
(above and below) Field Fortifications marker on the on the Hupp's Hill Walking Tour north of Strasburg, Virginia.
Field Fortifications marker on the on the Hupp's Hill Walking Tour north of Strasburg, Virginia.





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