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

Confederate Trenches

 
 
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By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. Confederate Trenches Marker
Inscription. Confederate troops, aided by slave labor, built these earthworks between 1862 and 1864. By September 1864, over 100 miles of defensive fortifications protected Richmond against attack.

After several unsuccessful attempts, Union troops captured Fort Harrison and the surrounding works in September 1864. This area remained under Federal occupation until Confederate forces abandoned Richmond in April 1865.
 
Location. 37° 25.54′ N, 77° 22.38′ 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 distance of this marker. Bombproof (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Entrenchments (within shouting distance of this marker); The Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant Under Fire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Well (about 300 feet away); "The Big Guns Spoke"
Confederate Trenches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
2. Confederate Trenches Marker
(about 400 feet away); Building Fort Burnham (about 400 feet away); Storming the Fort (about 400 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
 
Confederate Trenches image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Confederate Trenches
Many of the Confederate trenches in this sector were filled in by the Federals after capture. Many that remain visible were incorporated by the Federals into the web of defenses in the sector.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 534 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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