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

Confederate Reconnaissance Mission

 
 
Confederate Reconnaissance Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
1. Confederate Reconnaissance Mission Marker
Inscription. On 2 June 1864, Confederate Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard sent Maj. Gen. Bushrod Johnson's troops toward nearby Federal pickets to reconnoiter their strength. The Confederate troops initially captured the northern portion of the Federal picket line, but by the afternoon Union troops had regained a part of their position. The death of Confederate regimental commander Col. O. M. Dantzler and the arrival of Federal reinforcements prevented the Confederates from taking the southern section of the line. Beauregard determined that it would not be prudent to send Brig. Gen. Matt Ransom's brigade to assist Gen. Robert E. Lee, for fear of losing the rail line. Late the next day Beauregard relented at the order of Lee.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S 19.)
 
Location. 37° 20.126′ N, 77° 24.468′ W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.2 miles north of Leighworth Boulevard, 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. Lee's Headquarters (approx. 0.8 miles away); The "Bottle"
Confederate Reconnaissance Mission Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. Confederate Reconnaissance Mission Marker
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Howlett Line Gun Position (approx. 1.1 miles away); Construction of the Howlett Line (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Battle of Ware Bottom Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Remembrance (approx. 1.2 miles away); Parker's Battery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Howlett Line (approx. 1.2 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 640 times since then and 67 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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