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donlowry09 Jul 2024 10:40 a.m. PST

I've run across, in the Official Records (I:5:1099-1100), references to a Fort Lowry in correspondence between Lee and T. H. Holmes, in March of '62 -- evidently somewhere near Fredericksburg. Anyone know where/what it was?

(I'm mostly interested in why it was so named, or for whom.)

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2024 11:13 a.m. PST
Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 Jul 2024 11:30 a.m. PST

There's apparently a book: link

Fort Lowry and Raiders on the Rappahannock (2002) by Carroll M. Garnett

donlowry09 Jul 2024 5:53 p.m. PST

Thank you both, very much!

Bill N10 Jul 2024 3:38 p.m. PST

Why would Lee have been writing Holmes? When Holmes was commanding in that area he was under Johnston's command.

Murvihill11 Jul 2024 6:27 a.m. PST

Wasn't Lee in Richmond as some kind of high muckymuck at the time? Looks like Jefferson Davis' military advisor?

donlowry11 Jul 2024 8:52 a.m. PST

What Murvihill said.

Does anyone know exactly where the fort was? On the Potomac?

Eumelus Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2024 9:52 a.m. PST

My link has a hyperlink to a map; south bank of the Rappahannock, about 4 miles downriver from Tappahannock.

Bill N12 Jul 2024 2:00 p.m. PST

I've skimmed through the correspondence and stand by my statement. From what I understand Holmes' Department fell under Johnston's command. At the time Lee was communicating with Holmes, Johnston was trying to establish his new defense line along the Rappahannock. That included shifting additional troops to Holmes' command which was defending the left end of that Rappahannock position. Lee should have been communicating with Holmes through Johnston to minimize the chances Lee's instructions would interfere with Johnston's plans.

donlowry12 Jul 2024 4:36 p.m. PST

Ah, thanks, Eumelus, I missed that. So, not that far from Urbana, where McClellan had planned to land. Who knows? There could have been a Battle of Fort Lowry if Joe Johnston hadn't fallen back from Manassas when he did!

donlowry12 Jul 2024 4:37 p.m. PST

Bill N: Your argument is with Lee, not me.

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