#1. A large timbered gate was located both here and at the other end
of this 1,000 foot earthen fort. The fort was so secure that when
the request was made for locks for the gates, the quartermaster sent 2 toy
locks as a joke.
Captain Charles Victor DeLand, Commander of Company C, 9th Michigan
Infantry, stated in a letter home that they felt "as secure as a nest
of young eagles in our new fort."