Fort McCausland

Fort McCausland (HM218)

Location: Lynchburg, VA 24501
Country: United States of America

N 37° 24.802', W 79° 11.052'

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The Confederate Right Flank

— Battle of Lynchburg —

To your right, Confederates built an earthen redoubt in 1864 to defend the strategic Virginia & Tennessee Railroad trestle over Ivy Creek. The six-gun battery of the Botetourt Artillery manned the redoubt and a position on the other side of Forest Road (Langhorne Road) crossing in front. To capture Lynchburg, Union Gen. David Hunter had divided his army and sent Gen. Alfred N.A. Duffie's cavalry to seize the city by turning the Confederate right flank.

Gen. John McCausland cavalry moved to this location on the evening of June 17, after fighting a delaying action against the Union forces near the Quaker Meeting House. Firing from the redoubt and shallow trenches on this side of the creek, McCausland repulsed several Federal assaults from the west. The fighting here continued all day, June 18, until Duffie ordered a withdrawal and joined Hunter that night in retreat.
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HM NumberHM218
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 6:32pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 660691 N 4142277
Decimal Degrees37.41336667, -79.18420000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.802', W 79° 11.052'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 48.12" N, 79° 11' 3.12" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2043-2059 US-501 BUS, Lynchburg VA 24501, US
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