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Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Confederate Fort Whitworth

 
 
Confederate Fort Whitworth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Confederate Fort Whitworth Marker
Inscription. Named for the Whitworth family of Mayfield, the farm on which it was built, this outpost (a quarter-mile east) and Fort Gregg, 400 yards to the south, were constructed to protect the western approaches to Petersburg during the 1864-1865 siege. On 2 April 1865, when Gen. U.S. Grant’s army attacked the city after turning Gen. R.E. Lee’s flank at Five Forks the day before, the forts were the scene of intense fighting. The Union XXIV Corps captured the two positions, suffering 714 casualties. The Confederates lost about 300 men in a stubborn defense that delayed the Union advance for two hours, enabling Lee to withdraw his army safely that night and begin the westward march that ended a week later at Appomattox Court House.
 
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S 82.)
 
Location. 37° 12.309′ N, 77° 27.596′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of Boydton Plank Road (U.S. 1) and Albemarle Street, on the right when traveling north on Boydton Plank Road. Click for map. Marker is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Boydton Plank Road and Albemarle Street. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Confederate Fort Gregg Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Confederate Fort Gregg
These are the remains of Confederate Fort Gregg, which was attacked along with Fort Whitworth on April 2, 1865 by Union forces. They are located about 400 yards to the south of the marker. The site of Fort Whitworth has since been developed.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Fort Whitworth (approx. 0.4 miles away); Petersburg State Colony for the Negro Insane (approx. half a mile away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Eighth Offensive (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate Fort Gregg (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Gregg (approx. ¾ mile away); Edge Hill (approx. ¾ mile away); Central State Hospital (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Civil War Years (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .  The Final Assault. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on December 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle Maps of Forts Whitworth and Gregg Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Battle Maps of Forts Whitworth and Gregg
This map, from another nearby Forts Whitworth marker, shows Union troop movements during the April 2, 1865 attack.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,814 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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