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

The Fort Under Attack

 
 
The Fort Under Attack Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
1. The Fort Under Attack Marker
Inscription. The Confederate fortifications at Brook Hill were occupied forceably three times by Union cavalry during the Civil War. The initial raid during the night of May 4, 1863 by General Stonemanís troops was of relatively little consequence. On March 1, 1864 General Judson Kilpatrick with 3,500 cavalrymen seized this fort and shelled the inner defense line from here in preparation for an assault upon Richmond that failed. Finally, on May 11, 1864, 12,000 Federals commanded by General Philip Sheridan, after overpowering General J.E.B. Stuart at the Battle of Yellow Tavern two miles to the north, advanced upon these works. Confederates fiercely contested every inch of ground before being overwhelmed. Sheridan, fearing entrapment, retired to the east the next day.
 
Location. 37° 36.659′ N, 77° 27.519′ 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. Gabrielís Insurrection (here, next to this marker); Confederate Fortifications
Brook Hill Fortifications Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 7, 2009
2. Brook Hill Fortifications
(a few steps from this marker); Stuart's Ride (within shouting distance of this marker); Richmond Defences (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brook Road (about 500 feet away); Outer Fortifications (about 500 feet away); Campaign of 1781 (about 500 feet away); Emmanuel Church at Brook Hill Episcopal (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. eHistory at The Ohio State University. Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid (Submitted on February 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. CWSAC Battle Summary. Yellow Tavern (Submitted on February 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Brook Hill Fortifications site. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
3. Brook Hill Fortifications site.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 777 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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