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

Bombproof

 
 
Bombproof Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
1. Bombproof Marker
Inscription. This photograph was made in late fall 1864 within feet of where you now stand. Note the casual posture of these Union soldiers, despite the fact that Confederates were less than 700 yards away. As active operations gave way to winter routine, soldiers in Fort Burnham built bombproofs like this as shelters from enemy fire. This one has long since caved in. Notice the open limber chest in the foreground-artillery rounds lie piled nearby, ready in an instant to begin shelling the distant Confederates.

The soldiers seen here knew that a strong Confederate line, bristling with land mines and obstructions, lay in their path. Bitter cold and impassable roads meant that the final operations against Richmond would wait until the following spring.
 
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.564′ N, 77° 22.389′ 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. Confederate Trenches (within shouting distance of this marker); Building Fort Burnham
New Bombproof Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
2. New Bombproof Marker
This is the exact same marker as described above but is mounted on a different stand.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Well (within shouting distance of this marker); The Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Entrenchments (within shouting distance of this marker); Storming the Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Big Guns Spoke" (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Henrico.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled "Bombproof and Casemate" (Submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Fort Harrison Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
3. Fort Harrison Trail
Federal soldiers in front of bomb-proof. image. Click for full size.
1864
4. Federal soldiers in front of bomb-proof.
Library of Congress [LC-B811-2566]
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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