“It was hard work”Union Gen. Robert H. Milroy and his division entered Winchester on January 1, 1863. The abolitionist general, who vowed to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation aggressively, soon set to work strengthening the town's defenses. His soldiers rotated various tasks, spending one day per week working on Winchester's defenses, three days on guard duty, and three days dedicated to various camp chores. The schedule meant that on any given day during the first half of 1863, approximately 1,000 Union soldiers labored on Winchester's defenses. The strengthened Fort Garibaldi (renamed Fort Milroy) and West Fort and constructed Star Fort here. The fortification originated in 1861 as a series of gun emplacements.
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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 744846 N 4343474|
|Decimal Degrees||39.20605000, -78.16440000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 12.363', W 78° 9.864'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 12' 21.78" N, 78° 9' 51.84" 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 503 Fortress Dr, Winchester VA 22603, US|
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