Civil War fortifications at Raleigh, NC - Location of the southernmost section on today's landscape

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A. Roy

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In 1863, North Carolina's governor ordered the construction of a circle of earthworks around the capital city of Raleigh, NC. I've been interested in pinning down the locations of these defenses on the modern landscape, to the extent possible. As far as I can tell, nothing has been done to try to preserve any of these earthworks. All of the artillery emplacements have worn away or been demolished, but some of the sites can apparently still be discerned as flat, raised areas on higher ground.

One of the possible sites is at South Saunders Street, near its intersection with the Raleigh Beltline, I-440, south of downtown. Here's a graphic I've put together trying to tie together the 1863 Confederate map with today's landscape. I'd be interested in hearing from others: Do you think this kind of graphic communicates well enough to identify the redan's likely location?

Composite2GreensPlaceCaption.jpg


Here's a further writeup I've done about the redan's location:

https://raleighswall.wordpress.com/2019/10/18/1863-civil-war-artillery-emplacement-at-raleigh-nc-southernmost-redan-on-todays-s-saunders-st/

Roy B. -- 19 October 2019
 
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