"This fort has cost more labour than any other, has afforded an admirable lesson in engineering, and is one of the sights to show to strangers. Further than this I doubt the value of its elaborateness."
- Col. Charles Wainwright, USA November 20, 1864
Here, unmolested by Confederate bullets and cannons, Union engineering built the most technically elaborate fort on the Petersburg front. Fort Conahey included two tiers of guns, sturdy wooded casemates, and a unique wooden interior palisade that acted as a traverse. Located a mile from Confederate lines, Conahey rarely came under fire from Confederate cannons and never suffered direct attack.