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

Crawford’s Sweep

 
 
Crawford’s Sweep Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Crawford’s Sweep Marker
Inscription. The decisive Union movement at the Battle of Five Forks was, for the Federals, a fortunate mistake. While one Union division struck the Confederate left at the Angle, Brig. Gen. Samuel W Crawford’s division passed too far north and missed the Confederate line altogether.

Instead, Crawford’s lines swept westward to the Confederate rear, cutting the main Confederate escape route here along Fords Road. Crawford then pushed across the fields in front of you, toward the rear of the Confederate lines at Five Forks (to your left). His attack spelled doom for Pickett’s command.
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 8.619′ N, 77° 37.4′ W. Marker is near Dinwiddie, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (Route 627), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in the Five Forks Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Dinwiddie VA 23841, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Five Forks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Death of Pegram (approx. 0.3 miles away); Digging In
Crawford’s Sweep Marker on Courthouse Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Crawford’s Sweep Marker on Courthouse Road
In this vicinity, Crawford's troops faced the retreating Confederates in Boisseau's Field.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Five Forks Battlefield (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Five Forks (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Advanced...repulsed...charged again..." (approx. 0.6 miles away); Attack on the Angle (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Union Cavalry Attacks (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Dinwiddie.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photograph with the caption Captured Confederates after the Battle of Five Forks. This photograph was probably taken at City Point, Virginia.



The marker also contains a battle map on the upper right, which shows the Confederate and Union positions during the battle. It is captioned, After reaching the Confederate rear, Crawford turned south, smashing hastily formed Confederate lines here in Benjamin Boisseau's Field. The Federals pushed all the way to the White Oak Road, where they turned west again. From that point on they overcame sporadic resistance from the remnants of what had been a 10,000-man Confederate force.
 
Also see . . .
Crawford’s Sweep Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 20, 2010
3. Crawford’s Sweep Marker
Five Forks Battlefield Tour Stop #5

1. Five Forks Unit. Petersburg National Battlefield (Submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Five Forks. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on December 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Crawford’s Sweep Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Crawford’s Sweep Battle Map
After reaching the Confederate rear, Crawford turned south, smashing hastily formed Confederate lines in Benjamin Boisseau’s Field. The Federals pushed all the way to the White Oak Road, where they turned west again. From that point on they overcame sporadic resistance from the remnants of what had been a 10,000-man Confederate force.
Five Forks image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
5. Five Forks
Crawford’s Sweep marker is north of the Five Forks intersection.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,226 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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