Fort Early and Jubal Early Monument - Lynchburg, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
N 37° 23.393 W 079° 10.403
17S E 661698 N 4139690
Fort Early was named for Confederate General Jubal Early whose troops manned the breastworks during June of 1864.
Waymark Code: WM235K
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 08/27/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Fort Early guarded the approach to Lynchburg along the Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. Fort Early is one of four earthen fortifications that anchored the Outer Defense Line.

On the night of June 17, 1864, Jubal Early’s newly arrived divisions moved to this point and immediately started building a line of breastworks to the left and right of the fort. On June 18th, Union forces under the command of General David Hunter attacked this position, manned by Confederate artillery and infantry. Eventually Hunter’s troops were forced to retreat back to Bedford, across the Peaks of Otter and eventually into Southern West Virginia.

An interesting fact is that two officers on General Hunter Staff were Rutherford B. Hayes, and William McKinley, both of whom would go on the become President of the United States.

The brick wall and brick building are post war additions. The fort property is open during daylight hours, the building is closed to the public.
Street address:
3511 Memorial Avenue
Lynchburg, Va. United States

County / Borough / Parish: Lynchburg

Year listed: 2002

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Military Event

Periods of significance: 1859 - 1974

Historic function: Defense, Battle Site, Monument, Marker

Current function: Battle site, Monument, Museum

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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