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

Battle of Petersburg

25 April 1781

 

—Flanking Movement —

 
Battle of Petersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2006
1. Battle of Petersburg Marker
Inscription. About midday on 25 April 1781, Maj. Gen. William Phillips discovered that the right flank of the American militia, on the edge of Blandford was vulnerable to attack from the south and rear. He ordered Lt. Col. John Simcoe’s Queen’s Rangers and a Light Infantry battalion to the south and west on a wide sweep around the flank to attack the Virginians from the rear. Simcoe took this nearby route (now Graham Road) between present-day Crater Road and Sycamore Street, thus moving his large force behind the American line undetected. When Simcoe reached the high ground overlooking Petersburg, the Americans were already retreating.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number QA 24.)
 
Location. 37° 13.085′ N, 77° 23.597′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Graham Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on Graham Road, across from the entrance to Cameron Field. There is a large pullover at a Civil War Trails sign. 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. First Battle of Petersburg (here, next to this marker); Graham Road (about 700 feet away,
Facing southeast on Graham Rd toward the British approach. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
2. Facing southeast on Graham Rd toward the British approach.
measured in a direct line); Lest We Forget (approx. half a mile away); Poplar Lawn (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Graham Road (approx. half a mile away); Massachusetts (approx. 0.6 miles away); Earliest Known Public High School for African Americans in Virginia (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of the Crater - Covered Way (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Blanford, also called the Battle of Petersburg. “Phillips also detached Simcoe and his rangers on a lengthy and roundabout flanking maneuver intended to prevent the Americans from retreating across the Pocahontas Bridge. While Simcoe moved, Phillips made two assaults on the second militia line, both of which were repulsed.” (Submitted on April 23, 2016.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Grave of British Gen. Phillips image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2006
3. Grave of British Gen. Phillips
British Maj. Gen. William Phillips died in Petersburg shortly after the battle. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery, located about ½ mile northeast of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 848 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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