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Varina in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Hoke: Empty Victory
 
Fort Hoke: Empty Victory Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
1. Fort Hoke: Empty Victory Marker
 
Inscription. After capturing Fort Harrison on September 29, 1864, Union General Edward O.C. Ord directed an attack southward down the Confederate line toward forts Hoke and Maury. If these Confederate defenses fell, the direct road to Richmond along the Osborne Turnpike would be open to the Union troops. Ord fell wounded almost immediately. Several hours later his men overwhelmed the Confederate defenders and captured Fort Hoke.

Union victory was short-lived. Before dark a strong Confederate force advanced, but found the Federal troops already abandoning their recent conquest. Ordís men had received orders to withdraw back to Fort Harrison. Within days Fort Hoke became the southern anchor of a new Confederate defensive line stretching north to Fort Johnson.

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In the parkís earliest days, the local camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps—consisting of African American workers—prepared the area for the public by building roads and clearing brush and trees. The Corps devoted extra care to Fort Hoke. Work crews rebuilt much of the fort in an effort to duplicate its presumed 1864 appearance. No other fort within the park received similar attention.
 
Erected 2011 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 
 
Confederate Defensive Line Photo, Click for full size
September 6, 2011
2. Confederate Defensive Line
 
25.077′ N, 77° 23.152′ W. Marker is in Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Battlefield Park Road and Hoke Brady Road, on the right when traveling south on Battlefield Park Road. Click for map. Marker is in the Fort Hoke Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8621 Battlefield Park Road, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Storming the Fort (approx. 0.9 miles away); Well (approx. 0.9 miles away); Confederate Trenches (approx. 0.9 miles away); Building Fort Burnham (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bombproof (approx. 0.9 miles away); Union Entrenchments (approx. 0.9 miles away); Braving the Fire (approx. 0.9 miles away); Counterattack (approx. 0.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Battlefield Tour-- Fort Gilmer to Fort Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “Empty Victory” (Submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Fort Hoke Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, September 6, 2011
3. Fort Hoke
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 236 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
 
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