HEADQUARTERS MILITARY COMMANDER,
Louisville, Ky., July 28, 1864
General Burbridge has directed me to ...modify the works at Louisa....Be pleased to reply as soon as possible.
J. H. SIMPSON,
In accordance with the above instructions from Major-General Schofield I have, after proper personal reconnaissances, commenced operations at Mount Sterling, Lexington, Frankfort, and Louisville; the plans furnished being at each locality small inclosed field-work of about 200 yards total development along the interior crest...These works are all being done by soldiers' labor...
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. H. SIMPSON,
O.R., SERIES I, VOLUME XXXIX/2, p. 244
OFFICE U.S. ENGINEERS, DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY,
AND U. S. ENGINEER AGENCY, ARMIES OF THE WEST,
Cincinnati, Ohio, October 13, 1864
Brig. Gen. RICHARD DELAFIELD,
Chief Engineer U. S. Army:
GENERAL: I have the honor to make the following report of operations on the defenses of Kentucky under my supervision during September last: During the month I visited the fortifications at Louisville, Frankfort, Camp Nelson, Lexington, Mount Sterling, and, on the 25th of August, Louisa, and gave the necessary instruction in relation to the site of the defenses and the character of the forts to be constructed. All are being carried forward with as much expedition and economy as possible, and by detached laborers from the soldiery, except at Frankfort, where there is a single redoubt being thrown up by citizen laborers under State pay, under my supervision, and at Louisville, where the laborers are paid by the United States, under my direction....
Mr. T. C. Ruggles, assistant U.S. engineer, in charge at Louisa, reports:
During the past month work has been commenced (September 23) on the fort, and the excavation is down to the terre-plein for a distance of eight feet from the foot of the interior crest all around the fort. All the timber has been ordered for the fort and magazine, and will be ready by the 10th instant; about 6,500 feet, B. M., has been delivered. A detail of forty-seven soldiers, One hundred and ninth Colored Regiment, are now engaged, and forty more are promised by Colonel Mims on the 10th instant.....
J. H. SIMPSON,
O.R., SERIES I, VOLUME XXXIX/2, pp. 262/263
OFFICE U.S. ENGINEERS, DEPT. OF KENTUCKY, AND
U. S. ENGINEER AGENCY, ARMIES OF THE WEST,
Cincinnati, Ohio, April 8, 1865.
Mr. T. C. Ruggles, assistant U.S. engineer, reports:
The work done during the month has been finishing the northeast and southeast corners of the fort. The banquette around the fort has been finished, but wants a little more dressing to give it a better shape. The magazine is finished. The part of the ditch at the west end of the fort has been excavated to twelve feet deep and fifteen feet wide and the material has been deposited on a portion of the south parapet that settled last winter.
Summary of work done during the month, proportion of fort finished, &c.
Number of days' work done during month: 732
Character of labor: Military
Proportion of fort finished: 3/4 ; 9/0
Proportion of magazine finished: 1
Development of crest in feet: 925
Number of guns on hand: Seven field guns
O.R.--SERIES I--VOLUME XLIX/2. pp. 274/275
Researched and compiled by Marlitta H. Perkins. Map made available by Dr. Ryan, Louisa, KY.