Fort Mill Ridge

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Fort Mill Ridge (1863-1865) - A Union U.S. Civil War Fort established in 1863 near Romney, Hampshire County, West Virginia. Named Fort Mill Ridge after the location. Abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Fort Mill Ridge Redoubt Gun Platform.
Fort Mill Ridge Redoubt Ditch & Earthworks.
Fort Mill Ridge Redoubt Interior.

History of Fort Mill Ridge

Fort Mill Ridge Redoubt Panel
Fort Mill Ridge Panel

A Union U.S. Civil War Fort built between March and June 1863 to protect the Mechanicsburg Gap and the South Branch Potomac Valley. The fort was established as an outer circle of entrenchments around a small central redoubt. The fort was armed with six, 3-inch rifled cannons. Two of the cannons were placed in the redoubt covering the approaches and the valley below. The gun battery was manned by Federal Battery E, 1st (West) Virginia Volunteer Artillery.

Abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Current Status

Part of the Fort Mill Ridge Wildlife Management Area. Well preserved, but a bit overgrown, earthworks surrounding a central redoubt that is worn down but recognizable. Excellent descriptive panels.


Location: Fort Mill Ridge Rd., Romney, Hampshire County, West Virginia.

Maps & Images

Lat: 39.32444 Long: -78.79361

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Visited: 31 May 2016


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