Civil War Fortification Study Group
Past Meetings- Report
Membership memberships will be collected at the annual meeting
Miscellaneous Essays contributed by David Lowe
Abbot on Earthworks PDF file
Fish Hook Assessment 2.9mb PDF
Essays by Dale Floyd
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The CWFSG, also known affectionately as the "Trench Nerds". was founded in 1993. Membership is comprised of historians, NPS personnel, preservationists, lecturers, other professionals and avocationals.
The CWFSG holds an annual meeting and seminar, in the Spring.
Cumberland Gap from the overlook towards Cumberland Mountain and Ft. Farragut on the peak. Also visible is the powerline cut and road to Battery #7. Fern Lake is in the background
Members of the CWFSG during the St. Patrick's Day Blizzard, Winchester, Va. meeting 2007, 1st day in the sleet!
Members at Fort Pemberton Park, Mississippi
This park is adjacent to the location where the "Star of the West" finally saw her end, blockading the river for the Confederates. 2008
2011 Meeting Announcement
Fortifications of the Overland Campaign
CWFSG headquarters this year will be at the WyteStone Suites, 4615 Southpointe Parkway in Fredericksburg. Actually, it's just south of Fred'burg on I-95 at exit 126. Rooms will be $80/night. Every room is a suite with a separate living area. They have both king-sized and double beds. They have the standard amenities (wireless & non-wireless Internet, mini-fridge, etc.), as well as a hot breakfast buffet and a free dinner buffet on Thursday night. There is also an indoor pool in the atrium right in front of the rooms, very convenient for a quick dip after a long day of hiking in the early March heat of Virginia. They are holding a block of rooms for us. For reservations call (540) 891-1112 by Feb. 14. Be sure to mention that you will be there for the CWFSG meeting to get the discount. (And remember, the meeting dates are March 3 to March 5, so check in is Wednesday, March 2 and check out is Sunday, March 6.) To check the place out go to http://www.wytestonesuitesfredericksburg.com.
Registration for this meeting is $110 plus your annual dues of $25.
Dues and registration can be paid at the meeting
2011 meeting revised 2/18
2009 Spring Meeting
The seventeenth annual meeting of the Civil War Fortification Study Group was held the second weekend in March, at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and Mills Springs. Three and a half days of wonderful fortifications, ranging from the heavily traveled tourist forts to some real out of the way regimental camps and fortifications where only the bear and deer roam.
Our guide for Mill Springs was Bill Neikirk.
Guiding the Cumberland Gap section was David "the professor" Lowe, assisted by his T.N. in training, Jeff Grigg. Who recently completed a GPS/Gis survey of the CW resources for the park.