Fort Monroe

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Fort Monroe,

SE Va., commanding the entrance to Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads; named for President James MonroeMonroe, James,
1758–1831, 5th President of the United States (1817–25), b. Westmoreland co., Va. Early Life

Leaving the College of William and Mary in 1776 to fight in the American Revolution, he served in several campaigns and was wounded (Dec.
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. The fortress (80 acres/32 hectares) was built (1819–34) by the U.S. government on the site of English fortifications erected in 1609 and 1727. Completely surrounded by a moat, the six-sided fort is the only one of its kind left in the United States. Fort Monroe was held by Union forces throughout the Civil War; Jefferson DavisDavis, Jefferson,
1808–89, American statesman, President of the Southern Confederacy, b. Fairview, near Elkton, Ky. His birthday was June 3. Early Life

Davis's parents moved to Mississippi when he was a boy.
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, president of the Confederacy, was imprisoned there from 1865 until 1867. Long a U.S. army coast-artillery post and school, the fort was headquarters of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) from 1973 to 2011, when it was decommissioned as an active military installation. It was designated a national historic landmark in 1960. Fort Monroe National Monument (est. 2011) includes additional land and buildings outside the fort.

Monroe, Fort:

see Fort MonroeFort Monroe,
SE Va., commanding the entrance to Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads; named for President James Monroe. The fortress (80 acres/32 hectares) was built (1819–34) by the U.S. government on the site of English fortifications erected in 1609 and 1727.
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For Secord, the waking nightmare of Gettysburg went on for another three weeks until his transfer on July 29, to Fortress Monroe, Virginia. Resident Elizabeth Plank wrote of the hospital on her farm: "These wounded soldiers were left at this hospital five or six weeks after the fight.
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