Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
History of Fort Magruder
When the Confederate Army Commander General Joseph E. Johnston became aware of the engagement, he sent Colonel John B. Magruder’s command to occupy and defend a line of earthen fortifications which had been built during the spring of 1861. Fort Magruder, as it became known, dominated the center of a line of 14 smaller earthworks, known as redoubts, which stretched from Queens Creek to the north, to Tutters Neck Pond to the south. This fort was the focus of a concerted battle that raged for two days before Johnston disengaged his defenders. McClellan had been delayed long enough for Lee to assemble his defensive forces around Richmond. The hotel is located on the site of the remains of reboubt number three. Artifacts from the Battle of Williamsburg are displayed in the lobby along with additional information.
Location. 37° 15.794′ N, 76° 40.802′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can be reached from Pocahontas Trail (U.S. 60) north of Avon Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peninsula Campaign (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quarterpath Road (about 600 feet away); Battle of Williamsburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Magruder’s Defenses (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Williamsburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Quarterpath Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Williamsburg in the Civil War (approx. 0.6 miles away); Defending the Peninsula (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
More about this marker. The left of the marker contains a map of the Williamsburg line of fortifications. The location Fort Magruder is indicated.
Also see . . . The Peninsula Campaign of 1862. (Submitted on January 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
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