Fort Monroe, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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You may have heard of many forts across the United States of America, but very few of you may not have heard of Fort Monroe.  Known as ‘Freedoms Fortress’ and the largest stone fort in America, it is a historic military fort built on a peninsula with the Chesapeake Bay on the east side and Hampton Roads to the south.  It was designed to protect the entryway of the Chesapeake Bay and the Hampton Roads waterways during the early years of the nation.  It was also used during the American Civil War.  Today, Fort Monroe has been deactivated as a military installation, and there are restoration efforts to preserve the fort to its original state.  Although much of the fort is not open to the public for tours, the Casemate Museum, which is operated by the Fort Monroe Authority of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is where you can see the…

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