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The Shoupades

1864
Confederate Brigadier General Francis Asbury Shoup designed the River Line using artillery redans and unique, arrowhead-shaped infantry forts called "Shoupades."  


Cobb County, Georgia

hosts the first use of this renaissance-type infantry fort during the American Civil War. 


Scale model of a Shoupade



 The 1864 Civil War remains of what is known as Johnson's River Line Confederate defense fortifications and the comple-menting Federal line are the most prevalent historic resources in southeast Cobb County.  They are located  along Nickajack Creek and a seven-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River. 

 
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The Shoupades
Today

Thirty-six Shoupades were originally constructed in June 1864 and
9 remain in the form of earthworks today.