Use this Google Map to explore Raleigh’s Civil War fortifications on today’s landscape.… Read More Google Map of Raleigh’s Civil War Earthworks
Lt Col Henry T. Guion, the author of the 1863 map, did not include a key, so I’ve had to do a bit of study in glossaries and guides to decide how to label the portions of wall themselves.… Read More Redans, Angles, Entrenchments – Labeling Features on the 1863 Map of Raleigh’s Wall
Could Civil War earthworks still be seen on today’s landscape, 150 years later? Definitely. This video from the Cold Harbor battlefield shows striking examples.… Read More What could Civil War earthworks look like today? Example from Cold Harbor
The southernmost stretch of Civil War earthworks around Raleigh, NC, were near an area marked Green’s Land on the 1863 and 1865 maps. A composite graphic shows how we can determine that this loop of fortifications ran near the current intersection of S. Saunders St. and I-440.… Read More ‘Green’s Place’ 1863 Civil War artillery emplacement at Raleigh, NC, – southernmost redan, on today’s S. Saunders St.
In 1863, North Carolina Gov. Zebulon B. Vance commissioned Confederate engineer Henry T. Guion to oversee the construction of a line of defenses around the city of Raleigh. This map shows those fortifications, the surrounding countryside, and some details within the city.… Read More 1863 Map of the approaches to Raleigh NC and Civil War entrenchments (Guion map)
In 1988, relic hunters discovered a sizable number of Civil War artifacts just before earthmovers came in to begin sitework for the Raleigh Farmers Market. Today a much more ambitious development plan suggests now is the time for more archaeological investigation at the site of Dorothea Dix Park.… Read More Treasure trove of Civil War artifacts discovered at site of Raleigh Farmers Market in 1988
Near the entrance to Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh can be found a boulder carved with Civil-War-era inscriptions.… Read More Civil War-Era inscriptions carved on a boulder at Dix Hill
Displayed here is a map of the Confederate fortifications around the city, apparently drawn up by Union forces after the surrender of the city. Click here to see a more detailed PDF version of this map. (Might take a couple of minutes to load.) Source for this map: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, via… Read More Map of the Rebel Lines at Raleigh, NC (Drayton Map)