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Old Men and Boys of Petersburg

 
 
Old Men and Boys of Petersburg Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
1. Old Men and Boys of Petersburg Marker
Inscription. This stone marks the spot where the Old Men and Boys of Petersburg under Gen. R.E. Colston and Col. F.H. Archer 125 strong on June 9th, 1864 distinguished themselves in a fight with 1300 Federal cavalry under Gen. Kautz gaining time for the defense of the expedition.

Placed by the Petersburg Chapter U.D.C. May 1908
 
Erected 1908 by Petersburg Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 37° 12.258′ N, 77° 22.929′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on South Crater Road (U.S. 301) 0.1 miles south of East South Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located next to an alley running between Oakland Street and South Crater Road. 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. Col. George W. Gowen Monument (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joshua L. Chamberlain Promoted “On The Spot” (about 700 feet away); Pennsylvania Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln In Petersburg
Battery 27 (Rive's Salient). Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
2. Battery 27 (Rive's Salient).
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery 31 (approx. half a mile away); Graham Road (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Davis (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Davis (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Regarding Old Men and Boys of Petersburg. On June 9, 1864 Maj Gen Quincy A Gillmore launched a 3-pronged attack from City Point against the thinly held Petersburg defenses. That morning 3,000 Federal infantry demonstrated against the northeast and eastern portion of the line to fix the Confederates in place. Meanwhile Brig Gen Augustus V Kautz led 1,300 horsemen up the Jerusalem Plank Road (US 301) to assault the line from below the city.

Kautz's Division engaged Maj Gen Fletcher H Archer's Home Guard of "Old Men and Young Boys" at Battery 27 (Rive's Salient). The militiamen held long enough for Gen PGT Beauregard to rush reinforcements from Bermuda Hundred to the southwest edge of the city. This second line repulsed Kautz's cavalry assault ending the First Battle of Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .  CWSAC Battle Summary.
Facing north towards Petersburg. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
3. Facing north towards Petersburg.
Petersburg (Battle of Old Men and Young Boys) (Submitted on April 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,337 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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