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

Confederate Winter Huts

The Breakthrough Trail

 

—Pamplin Historical Park —

 
Confederate Winter Huts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Confederate Winter Huts Marker
Inscription. The two mounds on the lawn in front of you mark the locations of winter huts built by soldiers of Brigadier General Samuel McGowan’s South Carolina brigade during the winter of 1864-65. McGowan’s troops established several camps in this area immediately behind the earthworks they were building. During the Breakthrough of April 2, 1865, there was some brief fighting among the huts as the men of the Union Sixth Corps pushed forward to the Boydton Plank Road and the Southside Railroad.

These huts were excavated by archaeologists during the construction of the Battlefield Center. The huts varied in size from 6 feet by 8 feet to 10 feet by 12 feet. They were heated by fireplaces with well-built chimneys and there is evidence to suggest that both had central roof supports.
 
Erected by Pamplin Historical Park.
 
Location. 37° 10.865′ N, 77° 28.503′ 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
Marker in Pamplin Historical Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Marker in Pamplin Historical Park
This is the site where the Confederates built their winter huts. The fortifications are just behind the photographer.
. 1st Lieutenant Octavius Augustus Wiggins (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Winter Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Brother vs. Brother (within shouting distance of this marker); The Breakthrough Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Petersburg Breakthrough Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); The Confederate Fortifications (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Man Over the Works (about 300 feet away); Lieutenant Colonel George B. Damon (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a photograph of an excavated site of a winter hut.
 
Also see . . .
1. Breakthrough at Petersburg. The American Civil War website. (Submitted on January 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Breakthrough Trail. Pamplin Historical Park website. (Submitted on January 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Final Assault. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on January 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable PlacesWar, US Civil
 
Confederate Winter Hut image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Confederate Winter Hut
This reconstructed soldier hut is located in another section of Pamplin Historical Park.
Inside a Confederate Winter Hut image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
4. Inside a Confederate Winter Hut
The fireplace used to heat the hut can be seen in this photo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,292 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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