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

“The Big Guns Spoke”

 
 
"The Big Guns Spoke" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. "The Big Guns Spoke" Marker
Inscription. This 1865 photograph shows the terrain over which the successful Union assault was made. Note the stumps where trees were removed to open a field of fire for the Confederate gunners. Your present location is in the right center of the photograph.

When about halfway across the field ... one of the big guns spoke, and out through the white, woolly smoke that leaped from its throat rushed a group of black balls that looked the size of our modern baseball... and they didn't seem to move much faster... A dozen men yelled "Look out!" The men shied to the left and right, lifting their legs high in (the) air, and, to my utter astonishment, dodged them as easily as if they had been cabbageheads...Three or four later doses of these could be readily seen, but they came too fast to be dodged, and their work was terrible.
Merlin C. Harris
96th New York Infantry
 
Location. 37° 25.577′ N, 77° 22.324′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on the walking trail in the Fort Harrison Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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
"The Big Guns Spoke" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
2. "The Big Guns Spoke" Marker
distance of this marker. Grant Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); Surprise Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Entrenchments (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproof (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Trenches (about 400 feet away); Building Fort Burnham (about 500 feet away); Counterattack (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Henrico.
 
Also see . . .  Battlefield Tour - Ft Gilmer to Ft Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Ditch In Front of the Confederate Positions image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Ditch In Front of the Confederate Positions
Reproduction 24-pdr Gun image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Reproduction 24-pdr Gun
Guns similar to this reproduction were in the Confederate lines defending this portion of the Richmond defenses. The guns could fire grapeshot and canister, as described in the account on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 616 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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