Banks's FortIn the spring of 1862, U.S. Army Capt. Edward Hunt, an engineer, constructed a fortification on the hill where the Strasburg water tower now stands. Hunt selected the hill "because it had an effective command over the roads, the railroad, and the town." From there, the Federal army could guard the junction of the Manassas Gap Railroad and the Valley Turnpike here at Strasburg. Union soldiers leveled the hilltop and erected earthworks and artillery emplacements surrounded by trenches. By May 15, 1862, the fort was manned. It was named Banks's Fort for Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, commander of the Union army here.
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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||Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:14pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 728542 N 4319012|
|Decimal Degrees||38.99030000, -78.36125000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 59.418', W 78° 21.675'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 59' 25.08" N, 78° 21' 40.50" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 110 E Washington St, Strasburg VA 22657, US|
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