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

Battery 5 Trail

 
 
Battery 5 Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
1. Battery 5 Trail Marker
Inscription. On the ground before you the first major attacks against Petersburg occurred. This bloodletting marked the beginning of nine months of siege.

This 0.6-mile trail will take you through Battery 5 of the Confederate Dimmock Line, captured by the Federals on June 15, 1864. Along the way you will also see the position of the famous Union mortar, the "Dictator."

The walk includes a set of stairs and a moderate (10% slope). Mobility-impaired visitors can reach the position of the "Dictator" by taking the right fork of the trail.
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 14.635′ N, 77° 21.401′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Petersburg Tour Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the trailhead for the Battery 5 walking tour, in Petersburg National Battlefield Park. 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. Siege of Petersburg — Grant's First Offensive (a few steps from this marker); Stephen Tyng Mather (a few steps from this marker); Prelude to Petersburg
Trail Map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
2. Trail Map
(a few steps from this marker); The Siege of Petersburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Uprooted by War (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery at Petersburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Battery 6 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jordon Family Cemetery (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a wartime photo of the "Dictator." For almost three months in 1864, the "Dictator" (shown here), a 13-inch seacoast mortar, fired into the city of Petersburg. In the upper right is a map of the trail indicating interpretive waysides along the path.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Battery 5 Trail and nearby markers.
 
Also see . . .  Battle and Siege of Petersburg. National Park Service site. (Submitted on December 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Start of the Battery 5 Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
3. Start of the Battery 5 Trail
Battery 5 Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
4. Battery 5
To the left, along the trail's sidewalk, is an artillery display.
Missing Earthworks Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
5. Missing Earthworks
A few feet from the Artillery Display along the walking trail is this sign which reads:

The unmown strip of tall grass has been left to indicate the outline of connecting earthworks between Confederate Battery 5, to your left and Battery 6, 250 yards to your right.
Ground Between Batteries 5 and 6 of the Dimmock Line Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
6. Ground Between Batteries 5 and 6 of the Dimmock Line
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,096 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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