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041-5276 Staunton River Bridge Fortification Historic District

Staunton River Bridge Fortification Historic District
Photo credit: David Lewes, 2014

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VLR Listing Date 03/17/2004

NRHP Listing Date 11/19/2014

NRHP Reference Number 04000577

The Staunton River Bridge Fortification Historic District in Charlotte and Halifax counties is a rare example of a well-preserved Civil War–era star fort. Associated with the defense of the Staunton River railroad bridge, the site includes remnants of the star-shaped earthen fortification known as Fort Hill, rifle trenches to the north and west, and a Confederate artillery battery most likely constructed after the Battle of Staunton River Bridge. During the Civil War, the Roanoke and Danville Railroad bridge was a covered wooden structure of great importance to the Confederates who relied on the railroad for supplies. On June 25, 1864, the bridge was the object of a Union cavalry raid, during which the raiders destroyed track to the north. A ragtag band of convalescing Confederate soldiers, regular troops, and local “old men and boys” repulsed several attacks and prevented the bridge’s destruction.

2003 VLR Nomination

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: January 3, 2022