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155-5020 Cannon Branch Fort

Cannon Branch Fort
Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 2005

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VLR Listing Date 03/20/1996

NRHP Listing Date 08/26/1999

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 99001004

Cannon Branch Fort, also known as the Wakeman Site, includes the archaeological remains of a Civil War-era fortification for which there is no documentation in the historic record. The most likely hypothesis is that the fort was constructed by Union forces late in the war (1863-64) in order to defend Northern supply lines along the Orange and Alexandria Railroad in Manassas. During this period, Confederate forces under Col. John Singleton Mosby were constantly raiding these lines. The earthwork, now on a wooded knoll above Cannon Branch, is one of only two remaining fortifications within the present-day limits of Manassas. Thorough archaeological investigation of the Cannon Branch Fort is likely to provide more definitive information on the enigmatic site.

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

Updated: January 28, 2022