Guardian of WinchesterThree times during the Civil War, Star Fort played a major role in the defense of Winchester. Union Gen. Robert H. Milroy's troops began constructing the fort in January 1863 on the site of artillery emplacements Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's men had built in 1861. Milroy, a fervent abolitionist, used stone from the nearby home of U.S. Senator James Mason, author of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. Star Fort commanded the Martinsville Turnpike and the Pughtown Road.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 9:32pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 744834 N 4343558|
|Decimal Degrees||39.20681667, -78.16450000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 12.409', W 78° 9.87'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 12' 24.54" N, 78° 9' 52.20" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||540, 703|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 503-561 Fortress Dr, Winchester VA 22603, US|
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