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Near Chester in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Richmond Battlefields

Parker's Battery Trail

 

—Richmond National Battlefield Park 1862, 1864 —

 
NPS Richmond Battlefields Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
1. NPS Richmond Battlefields Marker
Inscription. McClellan’s Federals attacked in 1862, then Grant in ’64, while Joseph E. Johnston and then Robert E. Lee defended. The two major assaults on the Confederate capital fanned out in a series of battles, skirmishers and marches.

Tour the Battlefield
Among today’s suburbs remain traces of Richmond’s outer defenses-forts, rifle-pits, the fields where thousands died. Visit sites close by, or use the tour route to follow the entire sequence of attacks and counterattacks.

The Battles
Each site had its own lethal personality-troops lost in swamps, order misread, a last-minute bayonet charge. Both sides claimed some victories (with long lists of casualties). Richmond remained unconquered, but the Union Army was able to withdraw still healthy and numerous.

Parker’s Battery Trail
The ¼-mile trail winds through Confederate entrenchments and gun emplacements built during the last year of the war. Average hiking time: 15 minutes.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 20.994′ N, 77° 23.691′ W. Marker was near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County
Area Map Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
2. Area Map
. Marker could be reached from Ware Bottom Spring Road 0.1 miles east of Old Stage Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1801 Ware Bottom Spring Road, Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Parker’s Battery (here, next to this marker); Boy Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Howlett Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Remembrance (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Parker's Battery (about 600 feet away); Battery Dantzler (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Howlett Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); Howlett Line Gun Position (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chester.
 
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named Parker's Battery (see nearby markers).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Parker's Battery Trail Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
3. Parker's Battery Trail
NPS Richmond Battlefields Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
4. NPS Richmond Battlefields Marker
NPS Parker's Battery Unit Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
5. NPS Parker's Battery Unit
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,013 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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