May 27, 2009

Interpreting Fort Conahey

Fort Conahey was the most elaborate Union fort built near Petersburg. The sign quotes a colonel's commentary:
"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
See a close-up of the Ft. Conahey sign and it's complete text at

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