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

Howlett Line

 
 
Howlett Line Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
1. Howlett Line Marker
Inscription. These earthworks are part of the strong Confederate defensive position known as the “Howlett Line.” Composed of a string of interconnected redoubts and trenches, the line ran eight miles north and south and was named for the Howlett House which was located on the northern end, near the site of Battery Dantzler. With batteries housing large caliber guns anchoring the line on the James River to the north, and the Appomattox River to the south, the “Howlett Line” defended the eastern approaches to Richmond between the two rivers. Construction of the “Howlett Line” began on May 19,1864, and was ready by June 17, when Parkerís “Boy Company” took up its position here.

The first few weeks along the “Howlett Line” were rather active for the artillerists. While the Union army shifted its attention south to Petersburg, its batteries frequently dueled with their Confederate counterparts in this area. Of particular annoyance to Parkerís men was harassing fire coming from northern sharpshooters concea1ed in Ware Bottom Church, a small wooden building located between the lines. One dark evening, three of Parkerís artillerists crawled out to the church and set fire to it, thus relieving their battery from the deadly fire of the Union riflemen.
 
Erected by
Howlett Line Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Don Morfe, June 22, 2012
2. Howlett Line Marker
Updated version of this marker.
Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 20.964′ N, 77° 23.664′ W. Marker was near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. 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. This marker is located within the Parkerís Battery Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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. A different marker also named Howlett Line (here, next to this marker); Boy Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Parkerís Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Parker's Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remembrance (about 400 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. On the left is a photo of “Major William Watts Parker.” Below
Howlett Line Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
3. Howlett Line Marker
the photo is the caption, “Arriving on the “Howlett Line”, the “Boy Company” was under the command of Captain William Watts Parker, the prewar Richmond physician who had raised the battery two years before. Just weeks before the wars end, Parker was promoted to Major and left the battery."
 
Regarding Howlett Line. This marker was replaced by a new one also named Howlett Line (see nearby markers).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Howlett Line Entrenchment Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
4. Howlett Line Entrenchment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,215 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   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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