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

Lee vs. Grant

The 1864 Overland Campaign

 
 
Lee vs. Grant CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 9, 2012
1. Lee vs. Grant CWT Marker
Inscription. Early in May 1864, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant hoped to end the Civil War by attacking Confederate armies simultaneously throughout the South. The commander in chief of all U.S. armies, Grant, accompanied Gen. George G. Meade’s Army of the Potomac as it campaigned against Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Lee sought defended Richmond, the Confederate capital; Grant and Meade maneuvered south and east around Lee’s right flank toward the city. In a series of horrifically bloody battles, the Union generals forced Lee into defensive positions, such as the earthworks you see here, east of Richmond and Petersburg by late June. Instead of battles in the open, trench warfare would occupy the next ten months until Lee evacuated the cities in April 1865.

Follow in the footsteps of Gens. Lee and Grant along the Virginia Civil War Trails 1864 Overland Campaign, a 125-mile tour route that allows you to explore more than 60 sites in central Virginia. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the history and beauty along the trail.
 
Erected 2011 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 37° 29.375′ N, 77° 20.552′ W. Marker is near Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Richmond Airport Connector Road south
Civil War Trails Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 9, 2012
2. Civil War Trails Markers
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); Defenses of Richmond (a few steps from this marker); Fort Lee (approx. 0.6 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Richmond Defences (approx. 1.2 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 . . .  Lee vs. Grant: The 1864 Overland Campaign Tour. Virginia Civil War Trails (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 395 times since then and 8 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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