Civil War forts rebuilt for re-enacting battles

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Posted: October 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

Chris Markijohn (from left), Matthew Milavickas and Don Ernsberger install a section of the wall of the Fort Milroy replica. The walls will be 5 feet high and completed with abatis, a field fortification term where tree branches are laid around with sharpened tops directed toward the enemy.
Don Ernsberger of Lansdale, Pa., checks the size of a head-log cradle, making sure it fits the railroad tie at the Cedar Creek battlefield south of Middletown on Thursday. Ernsberger was helping construct a replica of Fort Milroy for Saturday’s re-enactment of the Second Battle of Winchester. The fort will be 100 feet wide and have 40-foot wings. It will have three gun ports for artillery and be about five feet high. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Carl Staub (from left), of Cleveland, Ohio; Don Ernsberger of Lansdale, Pa.; and Matthew Milavickas of Hampton prepare to set up a section of the Fort Milroy replica on the Cedar Creek Battlefield on Thursday.

MIDDLETOWN — Don Ernsberger has been a Civil War buff for most of his life, and a re-enactor for more than 20 years.

While the 66-year-old Philadelphian has participated in re-enactments at Cedar…

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