“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Rohoic Dam

Rohoic Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 1, 2013
1. Rohoic Dam Marker
Erected by Genl. R.E. Lee
Aug. 1864

Erected 1914 by A.P. Hill Camp, S.C.V.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
Location. 37° 11.882′ N, 77° 26.568′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Dupoy Road north of Boydton Plank Road (Virginia Route 142), on the left when traveling north. 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. Confederate Fort Gregg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Gregg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cottage Farm (approx. half a mile away); Battery 45 (approx. half a mile away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Eighth Offensive (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Battle of Fort Whitworth (approx. 0.7 miles away); Petersburg State Colony for the Negro Insane (approx. one mile away); Confederate Fort Whitworth (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
Regarding Rohoic Dam. "The Confederates also strengthened their defenses with the aid of impounded water, called inundations. The largest
Rohoic Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 1, 2013
2. Rohoic Dam Marker
of these liquid barriers confronted the Sixth Corps along Old Town or Rohoic Creek opposite Fort Fisher and to the left of Lane's North Carolina Brigade. Colonel Thomas Mann Randolph Talcott of Lee's staff superintended the construction of this military dam, which rendered asn assault across its expanse utterly impractical." -The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion by A. Wilson Greene

"Confederate engineers began to experiment with new ways to strengthen their defenses as to hold the line with fewer men. They built a dam on Rohoic Creek, which ran parallel to and in front of the Boydton Plank Road Line. Located just downstream from the junction of two branches, it was a large project 300 feet long, 50 feet tall, 100 feet thick at the base, and 30 feet wide at the top. The dam created a large water obstacle in front of this section of the works, stretching half a mile wide and as much as 30 feet deep." -In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications & Confederate Defeat by Earl J. Hess

“They didn't have men enough to form the lines back then [during the siege of Petersburg] to prevent the Yankees from taking Petersburg. So they built a big dam up there [on Indian Town (or Rohoic) Creek, to make a water barrier half a mile long], named it Rohoic Dam. And it broke. And it washed away everything
Rohoic Creek image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 1, 2013
3. Rohoic Creek
between there and the river. It washed away the canal, it washed away the Norfolk and Western [then the Southside] Railroad.” -How The Canal Aqueduct Fell Down by William E. Trout, III Ph.D.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 567 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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