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Fort Huger location

Fort Huger location

Written descriptions of Fort Huger include incidental references to an encampment.  A letter written by Lt. Colonel Henry Coultier of the Confederate army described the location of the encampment associated with Fort Huger.  Coultier states, “[in] the woods, a very short distance from the fort, is a marsh, which nearly surrounds the fort.  Over this marsh a road passes leading to the camp of Lt. Colonel Archer,” the commanding officer of the encampment (Smith 1971:216).  Smith (1971) visited Fort Huger as part of his research in 1967 and described a bridge of sorts that crosses the marsh surrounding the fort and a road that heads to the top of a plateau.  It is on this ridge top that Smith (1971) believed the infantry encampment should be located, although he found no evidence of the encampment himself.

The most recent investigations into Fort Huger and surrounding area (Reid et al. 2003) confirm that a bridge across the marsh and road still remain at Fort Huger and lead toward site 44IW0204.  However, determining the exact path of an old road bed is not possible due to years of logging throughout the area.  The written accounts from the Civil War correspond quite well with the recently defined site locations and settings.  This led Reid et al. (2003) to conclude that site 44IW0204 was the remnants of the Confederate encampment.

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