Louisiana Tigers Capture West Fort
— Gettysburg Campaign —In June 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee marched his infantry from Culpeper County to the Shenandoah Valley to launch his second invasion of the North. First, however, he had to capture Winchester, the largest town on his line of communication, which Union Gen. Robert H. Milroy and a 9,000 man garrison occupied. Milroy soon faced Gen. Robert S. Ewell and 17,000 men of the Army of Northern Virginia's Second Corps. After heavy skirmishing on June 12-13, Milroy ordered his command into three fortifications: Fort Milroy, Star Fort, and West Fort.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 9:19pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 742486 N 4344391|
|Decimal Degrees||39.21496667, -78.19136667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 12.898', W 78° 11.482'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 12' 53.88" N, 78° 11' 28.92" W|
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|Area Code(s)||540, 703|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 605-799 State Rte 679, Winchester VA 22603, US|
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