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

1st Lieutenant Evander McNair Robeson

The Breakthrough

 

—Pamplin Historical Park —

 
The Breakthrough Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. The Breakthrough Marker
Inscription.
1st Lieutenant Evander McNair Robeson
Company K, 18th North Carolina
Infantry, Lane’s Brigade,
Wilcox’s Division, Third Corps

Resident: Bladen County, North Carolina

Enlisted: April 1861

A comrade of Robeson’s wrote about the battle on April 2, 1865: “The men of Lane’s Brigade were some twenty feet apart in the trenches when the final attack was made. Our thin line could make but feeble resistance. We detained them, however, until the lines were broken beyond us.” Robeson surrendered with the army at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.
 
Erected by Pamplin Historical Park.
 
Location. 37° 10.957′ N, 77° 28.382′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker can be reached from Duncan Road (Virginia Route 670), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Pamplin Historical Park, on the Breakthrough Trail. 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. “We Fought Desperately” (within shouting distance of this marker); “Our Line of Battle was so Thin” (within shouting distance of this marker);
Marker on the Breakthrough Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Marker on the Breakthrough Trail
Confederate earthworks can be seen behind the marker.
Battlefield Terrain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Breakthrough (about 400 feet away); First Man Over the Works (about 600 feet away); Brother vs. Brother (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Breakthrough (about 700 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel Ronald A. Kennedy (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a photograph of Lieutenant Evander McNair Robeson. Above that is a battle map of the Breakthrough, indicating the approach of the Union troops and the location of the marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Breakthrough at Petersburg. The American Civil War website. (Submitted on January 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Breakthrough Trail. Pamplin Historical Park website. (Submitted on January 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Final Assault. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on January 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Battle Map from Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Battle Map from Marker
 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 817 times since then and 59 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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