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Lynchburg Defenses

Old Town Connector, VA , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 37° 25' 27.122628", -79° 7' 33.876228"
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During the Civil War, a line of trenches and fortified artillery positions extending past here were built late in 1863 to defend Lynchburg against attack from the north. Brig. Gen. Francis T. Nicholls was responsible for ensuring that the local militia, invalids, and convalescents properly manned the fortifications. On 12 June 1864, Nicholls ordered the local militia and invalids into these lines to repel a possible advance by Federal cavalry commanded by Brig. Gen. Alfred Duffi‚, but the Federals altered their course to Lexington. Soon after, the Confederates moved into defense works south of the city to face Maj. Gen. David Hunter's assault on 17-18 June 1864.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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