Civil War Fortification Study Group

Past Meetings-Minutes

Past Meetings- Report                  

1996 Fredericksburg, PDF File Format
South Carolina Works 2005 PDF File
North Ga. Puzzle

Trench Nerds do the Bermuda Hundred 2006

2008 Memphis Meeting

Fortification Classifications
Add'l Classification Material

Field Observations


Membership memberships will be collected at the annual meeting

Miscellaneous Essays contributed by David Lowe

Manigault's Memoirs PDF

Hazen on Earthworks PDF

  Abbot on Earthworks PDF file

  Fish Hook Assessment  2.9mb PDF

  Smyth on Rapid Entrenching, PDF

  Hare House Dialog PDF

   Boyds Landing.pdf

W.T. Sherman on Fortifications  PDF

Essays by Dale Floyd


San Juan Islands


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The Civil War Fortification Study Group is dedicated to the study, preservation and dissemination of information of the most visible reminders of the sacrifices made during the American Civil War, the fortifications.

 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

Dear CWFSG Members,

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
Registration for this meeting is $110 plus your annual dues of $25. 
Dues and registration can be paid at the meeting

Revised Itinerary 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.

2009 Meeting Itinerary