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Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Harrison Trail

 
 
Fort Harrison Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
1. Fort Harrison Trail Marker
Inscription. Confederate soldiers built Fort Harrison on this high point of land as part of their scheme to protect the approaches to Richmond. The Union army seized the fort after heavy fighting in September 1864, altered its appearance, and renamed it. The troops manning the fort were among the first into Richmond when the Confederate capital fell the following April.

In 1862, 30-year-old Lieutenant William E. Harrison supervised the construction of the fort that eventually bore his name. Harrison was an engineer, educated at the Virginia Military Institute. He died in northern Virginia in 1873.

Maine native Hiram Burnham, a brigadier general, survived many of Virginia's great battles before being killed while leading his brigade in the attack on Fort Harrison. Union officers renamed the captured fort in his honor.
 
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.666′ N, 77° 22.361′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road 0.2 miles south of Picnic Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Park Headquarters (a few steps
Fort Harrison Trail image. Click for full size.
2. Fort Harrison Trail
The half-mile trail through the fort uses an amazing set of revealing wartime photographs to unveil the battle and show the soldiers of both armies on this contested ground during the final months of the war.
from this marker); a different marker also named First Park Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); Freedom Fighters (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Counterattack (within shouting distance of this marker); A Unique Photograph (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Harrison (about 300 feet away); Counterattack (about 300 feet away); Surprise Attack (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left are portraits of Confederate Lieutenant William E. Harrison and Union Brigadier General Hiram Burnham.

On the bottom is a photo of "Union soldiers inside Fort Harrison October 1864"
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled "Fort Harrison Trail" (Submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Fort Harrison Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
3. Fort Harrison Trail
 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Fort Burnham, Va. Encampment and earthworks image. Click for full size.
Oct 1864
4. Fort Burnham, Va. Encampment and earthworks
Library of Congress [LC-B811-2498]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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