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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Petersburg

25 April 1781

 

—Artillery Position —

 
Battle of Petersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2006
1. Battle of Petersburg Marker
This photo looks north, in the direction in which the British artillery fired on von Steuben's forces.
Inscription. On 25 Apr. 1781, Maj. Gen. Friedrich von Steuben’s 1,000 Virginia militiamen, driven from the eastern edge of Blandford, established a strong defensive line along the western summit (now Madison Street) above Lieutenant Run valley. Maj. Gen. William Phillips’s British force occupied this ridge from here to the Appomattox River. After several unsuccessful infantry attacks, Phillips placed four artillery pieces here and fired on the American line. Facing this threat, and with American ammunition running low, von Steuben decided that any further defense of Petersburg would be futile and ordered a general retreat toward the Pocahontas Bridge to the north.
Department of Historic Resources, 2005

 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number QA 20.)
 
Location. 37° 13.806′ N, 77° 23.608′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of S Little Church Street and E Washington Street (U.S. 301), on the left when traveling north on S Little Church Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Petersburg
Grave of British Gen. Phillips image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2006
2. Grave of British Gen. Phillips
British Maj. Gen. William Phillips, who occupied this site on April 25, 1781, died in Petersburg shortly after the battle. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery, located about ½ mile south of the marker.
(approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Petersburg (approx. ¼ mile away); East Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Petersburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Blandford Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Petersburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Petersburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Blandford Church and Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
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Also see . . .  Battle of Blanford, also called the Battle of Petersburg. “It was not until the British artillery was in position to rake the American line more than an hour later that von Steuben finally ordered the retreat.” (Submitted on April 23, 2016.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 863 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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