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

Advance on Petersburg

 
 
Advance on Petersburg Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
1. Advance on Petersburg Marker
Inscription. Elements of the Union Army of the James, led by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, landed at Bermuda Hundred on 5 May 1864 to cut the Confederate rail and supply lines between Richmond and Petersburg. On 9 May, Butler sent divisions to Port Walthall Junction and Chester Station and turned south toward Petersburg. At Swift Creek, they encountered Brig. Gens. Johnson Hagood's and Bushrod R. Johnson's divisions protecting the turnpike and railroad bridges. The Confederates launched a counterattack across the creek, but were overwhelmed by superior Federal numbers. Butler did not follow up this attack, and by 11 May his troops were back at Bermuda Hundred.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S 24.)
 
Location. 37° 17.838′ N, 77° 24.584′ W. Marker is near Colonial Heights, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.4 miles north of Happy Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Colonial Heights VA 23834, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Army Railroad Raids (here, next to this marker); Redwater Creek Engagement
Advance on Petersburg Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. Advance on Petersburg Marker
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swift Creek Battlefield: A Landscape of Change (approx. 0.7 miles away); Union Army Checked (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle of Swift Creek (approx. one mile away); "Brave to Madness" (approx. one mile away); Electric Railway (approx. 1.3 miles away); The "Bottle" (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Colonial Heights.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 735 times since then and 56 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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