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Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Confederate Fortifications

 
 
Confederate Fortifications Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
1. Confederate Fortifications Marker
Inscription. These northernmost fortifications along Brook Road operated as an early warning system for Confederate troops defending Richmond. Earthworks designed for artillery, located on each side of the road, blocked sudden enemy advances against the capital. A shallow trench line protecting infantrymen with rifles connected them. If necessary, both soldiers and cannons at this forward position could be withdrawn to the Intermediate Line. The walls, or parapets, of this battery position were originally 8-10 feet high and at least 15 feet thick at the top. The inner face of the wall was supported by pots and heavy logs. The earthworks were constructed in 1862 largely by a black labor force, and were occupied intermittently by Confederate troops until the end of the conflict in 1865.
 
Location. 37° 36.663′ N, 77° 27.514′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Brook Road (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles west of Brook Road (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is located at the Confederate Fortifications site in the Brook Run shopping center. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23227, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fort Under Attack (a few steps from this marker);
Brook Hill Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
2. Brook Hill Fortifications
Gabrielís Insurrection (a few steps from this marker); Stuart's Ride (a few steps from this marker); Richmond Defences (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Outer Fortifications (about 500 feet away); Brook Road (about 500 feet away); Campaign of 1781 (about 500 feet away); Gabriel's Rebellion (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Brook Hill Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
3. Brook Hill Fortifications
Brook Run at Brook Road bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
4. Brook Run at Brook Road bridge.
This stream, located 600 yards north of the fortifications, formed a natural defensive barrier. Brook Road was the main artery approaching Richmond from the north.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,048 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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