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

Battle of Petersburg

25 April 1781

 

—Second Line Of Defense —

 
Battle of Petersburg Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
1. Battle of Petersburg Marker
Inscription. On 25 Apr. 1781, American Brig. Gen. Peter Muhlenberg’s Virginia militia fell back west from Blandford, under heavy British fire, to a prepared line of defense here along the crest of this hill. This second line of Virginia militia, consisting of four regiments of infantry, extended from the Appomattox River on the north and present-day Washington Street to the south of here. The Virginians repelled several British assaults, but soon their ammunition ran low and, after Maj. Gen. William Phillips unleashed his artillery, Maj. Gen. Friedrich von Steuben, the overall American commander, ordered a retreat west toward the Pocahontas Bridge.
 
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number QA 25.)
 
Location. 37° 13.862′ N, 77° 23.859′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on North Madison Street 0.1 miles north of East Washington Street (U.S. 301), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is in the parking lot of the Southside Virginia Family YMCA. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of Petersburg (a few steps from this marker); East Hill
Battle of Petersburg Marker on N Madison St (facing south). Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
2. Battle of Petersburg Marker on N Madison St (facing south).
(about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln In Petersburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Petersburg Volunteers 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Petersburg (approx. ¼ mile away); Ladies Confederate Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away); Bollingbrook Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Blanford, also called the Battle of Petersburg. “The second line, which was to form the main line of defense after the first one fell back, consisted of Ralph Faulkner’s regiment on the left, and John Slaughter’s on the right. The line extended along what is today Madison Street in Petersburg, from a causeway and bridge across the Lieutenant Run, a creek separating Petersburg and Blandford. The line was positioned to maximize the exposure of British troops to gunfire as they approached.” (Submitted on April 23, 2016.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 847 times since then and 58 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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