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

Lieutenant Colonel George B. Damon

The Breakthrough

 

—Pamplin Historical Park —

 
Lieutenant Colonel George B. Damon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Lieutenant Colonel George B. Damon Marker
Inscription.
Lieutenant Colonel George B. Damon

10th Vermont Infantry, 1st Brigade,
3rd Division (Seymour), Sixth Corps

Resident: Newbury, Vermont

Enlisted: August 1862

Colonel Damon’s regiment, the 10th Vermont Infantry, struck the Confederate trenches about 300 yards southwest of this position (to your left) during the attack on April 2, 1865. He vividly remembered his role in the battle: “We immediately mounted and entered the works over the most accessible passages, being the first to enter the entrenchments on our own front, and taking a number of prisoners, who were sent to the rear without guard, because I thought it imprudent to spare any men for that purpose.” Given an honorary promotion (breveted) to colonel for gallantry during the Breakthrough, Damon was mustered out of service in June 1865.
 
Erected by Pamplin Historical Park.
 
Location. 37° 10.836′ N, 77° 28.447′ 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.
Marker on the Breakthrough Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Marker on the Breakthrough Trail
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sergeant John E. Buffington (within shouting distance of this marker); Brother vs. Brother (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Lieutenant Octavius Augustus Wiggins (within shouting distance of this marker); First Man Over the Works (within shouting distance of this marker); The Attack Begins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Confederate Fortifications (about 300 feet away); Confederate Winter Huts (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 Colonel George B. Damon. 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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Battle Map from Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 809 times since then and 70 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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