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

Hopeless Attacks

 
 
Hopeless Attacks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
1. Hopeless Attacks Marker
Inscription. "It was a most mad enterprise, but it was ordered...It was the hottest musketry fire I was ever in. Our regiment melted under it. And we fell back sullenly-we were too exhausted and too proud to run!" Elliott Grabill, 5th United States Colored Troops

"Those fellows fought well, sir. They came up at a double quick, with their guns at a right shoulder shift, and leaped into the ditch. Then they began to assist one another up the parapet and...many of them were shot down upon the edge." Unidentified Confederate artillerist in Richmond Whig


 
Location. 37° 26.821′ N, 77° 22.808′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road 0.3 miles north of Mill 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Gilmer (here, next to this marker); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Gilmer (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop
Attacks on Fort Gilmer image. Click for full size.
2. Attacks on Fort Gilmer
The circled numbers (1-5) on the map represent the sequence of piecemeal Union attacks on September 29, 1864.
(approx. ¾ mile away); Fort Johnson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Advancing On Richmond (approx. 0.8 miles away); Henrico Parish Church (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. On the right is drawing with the caption, "The Union attackers had no advantages here. Confederates cut down all trees, providing a deadly field of fire for their artillery and infantry."
 
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 "Black Troops Attack at Chaffin’s Farm" (Submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Fort Gilmer image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
3. Fort Gilmer
Section of Fort Gilmer near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Section of Fort Gilmer near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 641 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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