Fort Couch

Fort Couch Breastworks
General Couch Monument
8th Street and Ohio Avenue
Lemoyne, Pennsylvania

I’m posting this in January, but as you can see from the green grass and lack of snow, these were taken in the good ol’ summertime (which is when I would recommend you visit because the streets leading to the monument are steep and often icy in the winter)
General Couch’s surname is properly pronounced “Coach”; but modern visitors and local residents often pronounce it like the common piece of household furniture.

The Fort Couch monument is located in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. It is one of several forts built in June of 1863 under the direction of General Darius Couch as a response to the anticipated movement of Confederate forces toward the state capital. See the links of interest section below to learn more.

A portion of the remaining breastworks

Sections of the original breastworks are still visible alongside a granite monument. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a monument that has detailed maps and drawings that are inscribed directly on the monument itself. (click images in the gallery below to enlarge)

–  Fort Couch at ExplorePAHistory

–  Major General Couch at Wikipedia

6 Responses to “Fort Couch”

  1. I was expecting it to look like a couch, with a coffee table, side chair and ottoman 🙂

  2. Actually I used to love building Couch Forts with the cushions from the sofa, some blankets and maybe a card table for ceiling, ah, I could go for that right now, bet it would be nice n cozy!

  3. Joe Boyle says:

    Wendyvee – you should read “Gods and Generals”, wherein Gen. Couch is portrayed very interestingly. He was Hancock’s commander at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and probably should have preceded Gen. Hooker as cdr. at Chancellorsville. He seems to have had the aggressiveness the other lacked.

    • wendyvee says:

      Yes, it’s been a few years, but I’ve read it 🙂

      I think Meade and Doubleday would have preferred Couch at Chancellorsville too (although Hooker’s head injuries didn’t help the matter either)

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