|Nearest city||West Point, Kentucky|
|NRHP Reference #||93001584 |
|Added to NRHP||January 31, 1994|
Fort Duffield is a Union American Civil War fort located outside West Point, Kentucky. It saw use in 1862, and was abandoned when it appeared that the war would never come near the fort. Ironically, John Hunt Morgan would in 1863 lead his Raiders right past the fort and may have been stopped had the fort not been abandoned.
William Tecumseh Sherman was concerned with the Confederate positions in Bowling Green and Columbus, and sent the 37th Indiana and the 9th Michigan regiments to West Point. The plan was to use West Point as a Union supply base for Elizabethtown. Sherman ordered the fort to be built on Pearman Hill to protect the town and supply route. Construction began on November 3, 1861 and was finished in two months. The fort was named for the Rev. George Duffield of Detroit, whose son, Colonel William W. Duffield, led the 9th Michigan Infantry . There were 950 troops stationed there, but they were soon sent to the front lines and the fort was mostly unused in 1862, seeing its last use that fall.
The fort is mostly a serpentine wall, unlike the typical star-shaped Civil War forts in Kentucky. The earthworks of the fort are well-preserved. Originally there was a one-mile clearing between the fort and any trees, but since the fort's abandonment the forest has grown back around the fort. A fresh water spring was inside the fort.
Today Fort Duffield offers beautiful scenery and good exercise. Once a fort that was prepared for war, today its a historical place with many fun things to experience. If you are to visit the Fort today you can still find remains of items left behind from the union army. Many houses and buildings are still left standing at the top of the hill. There are many paths for visitors to hike and explore. There is also a graveyard for fallen union soldiers. Fort Duffield may of never been used in the way that it was intended, but it is still an important part in Kentucky's involvement in The Civil War. *The Civil War *Kentucky
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- Day, Teresa (January 30, 2005). Fun With the Family Kentucky: Hundreds of Ideas for Day Trips with the Kids. Globe Pequot. p. 31. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
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