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

The “Bottle”

 
 
The "Bottle" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
1. The "Bottle" Marker
Inscription. Here in 1864 on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula between the James and Appomattox Rivers, the Union Army of the James, commanded by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, was "bottled up" by Confederate Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard, defender of Petersburg. The cautious Butler had begun constructing earthworks across the peninsula about a mile east in May, shortly after he occupied the peninsula, to protect against attack from the west. The Confederates built parallel earthworks (the Howlett Line) about half a mile east of here to "bottle up" the Federals. In Sept., however, Butler's army easily crossed the James River to attack the Richmond fortifications.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S 18.)
 
Location. 37° 19.385′ N, 77° 24.321′ W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.4 miles north of Mangowood Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester VA 23831, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Reconnaissance Mission (approx. 0.9 miles away); Howlett Line Park (approx. 1.5 miles
The "Bottle" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. The "Bottle" Marker
away); The Battle of Ware Bottom Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Howlett Line Gun Position (approx. 1.7 miles away); Construction of the Howlett Line (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lee's Headquarters (approx. 1.7 miles away); Advance on Petersburg (approx. 1.8 miles away); Union Army Railroad Raids (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chester.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 696 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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