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Near Smithfield in Isle of Wight County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Huger

 
 
Fort Huger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2009
1. Fort Huger Marker
Inscription. One mile northeast, at Hardy’s Bluff on Lawne’s Neck, existed Fort Huger, a Civil War earthen fortification. Virginia State Engineer Col. Andrew Talcott authorized this and other forts to block any Union naval advance up the James River to Richmond. Beginning in July 1861, enslaved and freed blacks assisted in the construction of Fort Huger. It formed the right riverine flank of Confederate Gen. John B. Magruder’s Peninsula defenses in 1862. Union gunboats engaged Fort Huger on 8 May 1862 and USS Monitor shelled it on the 12th. After several bombardments, Confederate forces abandoned it by 19 May.
 
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K 327.)
 
Location. 37° 4.603′ N, 76° 41.045′ W. Marker is near Smithfield, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County. Marker is at the intersection of Fort Huger Drive (Virginia Route 676) and Old Stage Highway (Virginia Route 10), on the left when traveling north on Fort Huger Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smithfield VA 23430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Surry County / Isle of Wight County (approx. half a mile away); Old Town (approx.
Fort Huger Road (facing north). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 2, 2009
2. Fort Huger Road (facing north).
1.5 miles away); Poole’s Funeral Home (approx. 1.5 miles away); Lawne’s Creek Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Huger (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Huger (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wrenn’s Mill (approx. 3.1 miles away); Bacon’s Castle (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Smithfield.
 
Also see . . .  Smithfield, Isle of Wight Convention & Visitors Bureau. Historic Fort Huger - Isle of Wight County's Newest Civil War Attraction. (Submitted on May 4, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Fort Huger North Bastion. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
3. Fort Huger North Bastion.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,132 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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