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

Surprise Attack

 
 
Surprise Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
1. Surprise Attack Marker
Inscription. You are standing where hand-to-hand fighting erupted as Union troops stormed into Fort Harrison on September 29, 1864. On top of the fort's parapet, Gen. Hiram Burnham clutched his chest after receiving a mortal wound. General George J. Stannard's division lost about 750 men killed and wounded in the attack on Fort Harrison. Butler's army lost an addition 2,200 men in the day's fighting at other nearby forts, and at New Market Heights. Confederate losses for September 29 are estimated at 500, including nearly all 200 defenders at Fort Harrison.

"Some half dozen heads behind glistening gun barrels appeared on a traverse some twenty feet away, and gave us a volley, dropping several men...myself among them." Richard C. Taylor, Confederate artillerist
 
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.608′ N, 77° 22.343′ 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. Grant Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Big Guns Spoke"
Federal Attack on Fort Harrison image. Click for full size.
2. Federal Attack on Fort Harrison
(within shouting distance of this marker); A Unique Photograph (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Counterattack (about 300 feet away); Confederate Counterattack (about 300 feet away); The Killing Fields (about 300 feet away); Bombproof (about 300 feet away); Fort Harrison Trail (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a painting with the caption, "This 1960s painting depicts the fighting here and shows Union general Hiram Burnham receiving his death wound."
 
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 "Surprise Attack" (Submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Fort Harrison Interior image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
3. Fort Harrison Interior
Fort Harrison Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
4. Fort Harrison Trail
Fort Harrison Gun Position image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
5. Fort Harrison Gun Position
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 662 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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