Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Fort York, N.C.-- Part 2: Two Lines of Trenches and Artillery Batteries

I have been so tied up with the Confederacy Under Attack, I wasn't able to finish this blog post from April 6, 2017.

Fort York had a system of small artillery batteries connected by trenches.  The inner line consisted of 720 feet of trenches and three artillery batteries.  The outer line had 1,155 feet of trenches and four batteries..

Maybe half of the original fort was destroyed by the construction of three highways on three sides of it.  I-85 eliminates part of the outer trench system.  US-29 goes right through the fort.  Old Salisbury Highway (now Trading Ford Way) cuts between the fort and the Yadkin River.  Trading Ford Way passes the site of the famous old York Hill restaurant that was destroyed by fire five years ago.

At one time the fort had between 1,000 and 1,600 Confederate soldiers and its purpose was to defend the railroad trestle bridge over the river.

--Old Secesh

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