“A scene ... I shall never forget”
—Gettysburg Campaign —While Union artillery from Star Fort dueled with Confederate gunners in West Fort on June 14, 1863, Winchester's civilians fretted for their safety. Some wondered if Union Gen. Robert H. Milroy would destroy Winchester by either burning or bombarding it. The threat seemed credible. The Federal gunners who manned the fortifications, including this one, used the town for target practice, firing wooden rounds with no regard for civilian safety. Staunch Confederate supported Mary Greenhow Lee, whose house shook "from the concussion" of the Union artillery firing from Star Fort, wondered if Milroy would make good on this threat "to burn us up."
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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||Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 at 9:02am PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 744941 N 4343471|
|Decimal Degrees||39.20600000, -78.16330000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 12.36', W 78° 9.798'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 12' 21.6" N, 78° 9' 47.88" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||540, 703|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 206 Sentinel Dr, Winchester VA 22603, US|
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