Near Dinwiddie in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Just before noon on April 1, 1865, 10,000 Confederates under Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett arrived here at Five Forks. They immediately started digging and by mid-afternoon had constructed a rough earthwork that extended along the White Oak Road for nearly two miles. You are standing at the center of that Confederate line.
Weary, wet, and hungry, the Confederates waited – aware that if they yielded, nothing would stand between the Federals and the South Side Railroad, the last supply line into Petersburg. Until 4 p.m. the Confederates waited quietly behind the works. Then they saw them: men in blue, advancing astride the Dinwiddie Road. The rattle of musketry soon signaled the opening of the Battle of Five Forks.
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 37° 8.357′ N, 77° 37.41′ W. Marker is near Dinwiddie, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on White Oak Road (Virginia Route 613), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the Five Forks Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield. It is at the northwest corner of the Five Forks intersection.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Death of Pegram (here, next to this marker); Battle of Five Forks (within shouting distance of this marker); Five Forks Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Five Forks (within shouting distance of this marker); Crawford’s Sweep (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Advanced...repulsed...charged again..." (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Union Cavalry Attacks (approx. half a mile away); Attack on the Angle (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dinwiddie.
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by a sketch of the Confederates constructing the earthworks at the Five Forks intersection. It includes the caption Most of the Confederate works built on April 1 have been obliterated. The best and most important surviving section is at the “Angle,” on the extreme left of the line – about ¾ mile to your left.
Also see . . .
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 (Submitted on December 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,256 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. 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.