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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battery 31

Confederate Defense Line

 
 
Battery 31 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
1. Battery 31 Marker
Inscription. Part of the original Confederate defense line constructed in 1862 – 1863. On April 2, 1865, the battery located in this position took part in stopping a heavy Union attack at Fort Mahone, one third of a mile east. Severe fighting continued until nightfall when the battery was withdrawn.
 
Location. 37° 12.159′ N, 77° 23.457′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Coggin Street 0.1 miles north of Glenroy Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln In Petersburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pennsylvania Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Men and Boys of Petersburg (approx. half a mile away); Col. George W. Gowen Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Joshua L. Chamberlain Promoted “On The Spot” (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. mile away); Graham Road (approx. 0.9 miles away); Petersburg Defenses (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Regarding Battery 31. On April 2, 1865, a 4:30 am assault by Union IX Corps troops under Maj Gen John G Parke broke through the Confederate lines around Fort Mahone. Lt Gen John
Battery 31 Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
2. Battery 31
B Gordon's forces contained the breach and by mid-afternoon launched a counterattack. Gordon ceased offensive operations upon learning of the Union VI Corps breakthrough and the collapse of the Confederate lines to the west.
 
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Petersburg (Submitted on March 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Petersburg National Battlefield. (Submitted on March 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battery 31 exterior west wall Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
3. Battery 31 exterior west wall
Battery 31 Marker exterior south wall Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
4. Battery 31 Marker exterior south wall
Battery 31 exterior view. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher
5. Battery 31 exterior view.
Battery 31 interior view. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher
6. Battery 31 interior view.
Confederate and Union dead side by side in the trenches at Fort Mahone. Photo, Click for full size
April 3, 1865
7. Confederate and Union dead side by side in the trenches at Fort Mahone.
Library of Congress [LC-B811-03181]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,212 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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