Old Breastworks Historical Marker
In 1863 the citizens of Raleigh gathered at the Wake County courthouse to petition the city and the state to fortify the capital city against an invasion by the Union army. On July 6, Governor Zebulon B. Vance and former Governor Thomas Bragg endorsed the decision to create a fortification of breastworks around the city.
Backstory and Context
The remains of the earthen breastworks could still be seen until the second half of the twentieth century in the vicinity of Peace College and other locations. A detailed map of the fortifications, prepared by a Union army engineer, can be found in the North Carolina State Archives and in Elizabeth Reid Murray’s history of Wake County.