Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
One of the Union soldiers assigned to this task recalled: “Covering about three acres of ground, it is capable of holding a brigadeÖ. In building our fort, we dug a trench twenty feet wide and ten feet deep, and threw up the rampart on the inside. The fort was made square with a diagonal through it. We had a magazine in it, and two wells were dug for a water supplyÖit took eight men to get one shovelful of dirt from the bottom of the ditch to the top of the work, the men standing in little nitches cut in the side of the bank and passing the earth from one to another.” The completed fort held a garrison of 550 men with eight field guns.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 11.553′ N, 77° 22.555′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Flank Road and Crater Road (Highway 301), on the right when traveling south on Flank Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Fort Davis (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. George W. Gowen Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lincoln In Petersburg (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pennsylvania Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Hays (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Men and Boys of Petersburg (approx. 0.9 miles away); Joshua L. Chamberlain Promoted “On The Spot” (approx. one mile away); Battery 31 (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
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Also see . . . The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on November 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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