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Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Surprise Attack

Fort Harrison – 1864

 
 
Surprise Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Surprise Attack Marker
Inscription. In the predawn darkness Federal soldiers storm over this outer wall. Hundreds of Confederates are asleep in their tents.

Although the Federals are able to overrun Fort Harrison, General Hiram Burnham, commanding the lead brigade is killed. His troops rename the captured earthworks Fort Burnham.

The fall of Fort Harrison on September 29, 1864, forces Lee to bring in more troops and build new entrenchments to stitch up Richmondís weakened line of defense.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 25.608′ N, 77° 22.343′ W. Marker was in Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker could be reached from Battlefield Park Road, Richmond, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on the walking trail of Fort Harrison in the Fort Harrison Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker was in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Surprise Attack (here, next to this marker); Grant Under Fire (within shouting
Marker in Fort Harrison image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Marker in Fort Harrison
distance of this marker); "The Big Guns Spoke" (within shouting distance of this marker); A Unique Photograph (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Counterattack (about 300 feet away); Confederate Counterattack (about 300 feet away); The Killing Fields (about 300 feet away); Bombproof (about 300 feet away).
 
More about this marker. The right of the marker features a painting of the Union assault on Fort Harrison. The left of the marker contains a photograph of General Hiram Burnham, for whom the captured fort was renamed.
 
Regarding Surprise Attack. This marker was replaced by a new one also named Surprise Attack (See nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .
1. Battlefield Tour - Ft Gilmer to Ft Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Fort Harrison. Richmond Battlefields Fort Harrison website. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Marker on Fort Harrison Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Marker on Fort Harrison Walking Trail
Marker can be seen here along the walking trail inside Fort Harrison.
Confederate and Union Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Confederate and Union Fortifications
After Union troops took Fort Harrison, they constructed a new series of fortifications. The earthworks to the left of the photo are Confederate earthworks, while those on the right were built by Federal troops.
Richmond National Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
5. Richmond National Battlefield Park
Marker is in the Fort Harrison Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 673 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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