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Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Fort Whitworth
 
The Battle of Fort Whitworth Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. The Battle of Fort Whitworth Marker
 
Inscription. This battery, also known as Fort Baldwin, Alexander or Anderson was garrisoned by the 19th & 48th Mississippi Infantry of Brig. Genl. Nathaniel Harris’s brigade. They were initially supported by guns of Louisiana’s Washington Artillery but these were withdrawn from the fort during the battle. At 1:00 PM on April 2, 1865, the initial assault by Union forces began on nearby Fort Gregg by Maj. Genl. John Gibbon’s XXIV Corps. Eventually Fort Whitworth was attacked by Brig. Genl. Thomas M. Harris’s West Virginia brigade [10th, 11th & 15th Regiments]. With the subsequent capture of Fort Gregg by the Federals, General Lee ordered Whitworth evacuated, forcing his troops to fall back into the city defenses.
 
Location. 37° 12.173′ N, 77° 27.219′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Accomack Street, on the right when traveling north on 7th Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located in a playground on the southeast corner of 7th Avenue and Accomack Street. 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. Confederate Fort Whitworth (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Fort Gregg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Gregg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Petersburg State Colony for the Negro Insane (approx. half a mile away); Rohoic Dam (approx. 0.7 miles away); Edge Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); Central State Hospital (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Civil War Years (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Fort Gregg Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Fort Gregg
Confederate Fort Gregg, pictured here, was attacked along with Fort Whitworth by Union forces on April 2, 1865. It is located about ½ mile from the marker.
 

 
More about this marker. The left of the marker contains a battle map of the April 2, 1865 assault on Forts Gregg and Whitworth.
 
Also see . . .  The Final Assault. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on December 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Battle Map of from Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Battle Map of from Marker
This map shows Union troop movements during the April 2, 1865 attack on Forts Whitworth and Gregg.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,271 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
 
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