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

1st Lieutenant Octavius Augustus Wiggins

The Breakthrough

 

—Pamplin Historical Park —

 
1st Lieutenant Octavius Augustus Wiggins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. 1st Lieutenant Octavius Augustus Wiggins Marker
Inscription.
1st Lieutenant Octavius Augustus Wiggins

Company E, 37th North Carolina
Infantry, Lane’s Brigade,
Wilcox’s Division, Third Corps

Resident: Halifax County, North Carolina

Enlisted: June 1862

Wiggins was wounded near here during the Breakthrough on April 2, 1865: “I received a scalp wound, the muzzle of the gun being in such close proximity to my head as to blow powder into my face, nearly destroying my eyes and knocking me senseless upon the ground. Of course, I was captured.” Wiggins escaped while being taken to a prison at Johnson’s Island, Ohio, and made his way back home.
 
Erected by Pamplin Historical Park.
 
Location. 37° 10.861′ N, 77° 28.478′ W. Marker is near 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. Brother vs. Brother (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Winter Huts (within shouting distance of this marker);
Confederate Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Confederate Fortifications
Lt. Wiggins and his company were positioned near these fortifications during the Breakthrough on April 2, 1965. These earthworks are located within sight of the marker.
First Man Over the Works (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel George B. Damon (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Winter Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Fortifications (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Breakthrough Trail (about 300 feet away); Petersburg Breakthrough Battlefield (about 300 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 Octavius Wiggins. 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
Battle Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Battle Map from Marker
Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on January 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 739 times since then and 78 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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