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

Defenses of Richmond

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, April 9, 2012
1. Defenses of Richmond Marker
Inscription. Nearby stood one of the outer Confederate defensive lines that guarded Richmond during the Civil War (1861-1865). A series of earthworks and fortifications was built to protect the city and to allow the outnumbered Confederates to make maximum use of their manpower. By war’s end, the defensive system included three concentric lines of earthworks, batteries, and fortifications. A permanent Confederate garrison defended Richmond, often manning the lines in times of emergency. The proximity of the Union army during the final year of the war forced the Confederates to occupy the city’s defenses continuously.
 
Erected 2010 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number PA 139.)
 
Location. 37° 29.362′ N, 77° 20.553′ W. Marker is near Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Richmond Airport Connector Road south of Seven Hills Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. 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. 1862 Peninsula Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Lee vs. Grant (a few steps from this marker); Fort Lee
Defenses of Richmond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 9, 2012
2. Defenses of Richmond Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Richmond Defences (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battle of Darbytown Road (approx. 1.2 miles away); Darbytown Road / Pioneer Baptist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Civil War Artillery (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Varina.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eastern Henrico History. Pocahontas 895 (Submitted on April 9, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Richmond Fortifications (Google Maps). The inner line just outside the war-time city limits consisted of 17 numbered "star" forts and seven outworks. (Submitted on April 9, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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