March 23, 2018 -- Battlefield Fence
Miles of these “battlefield fences” (a variation of so-called worm fences or zig-zag fences) are plentiful at the Gettysburg Battlefield, and many other Civil War battle locations. This type fencing has been used in America since the 1600's. They are easy to build and require no digging of post holes, which is of particular advantage in rocky or unlevel terrain. Split wood rails are stacked on each other to create the fence. The ends of the rails alternate, creating the openings. For stability of the stacked rails, each section of fence is angled slightly from the previous one, giving the appearance of a worm or snake. For the battlefield version, additional logs are added at 45-degree verticals to add height and re-enforce the original fence making it more difficult to breach by opposing forces.