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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Stedman
 
Fort Stedman Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Fort Stedman Marker
 
Inscription. It is quite interesting to see a fort going up. The men work in the manner of bees. The mass throw the earth; the engineer soldiers do the ‘rivetting,’ that is, the interior facing the logs. The engineer sergeants run about with tapes and stakes, measuring busily; and the engineer officers look as wise as possible and superintend.
- Col. Theodore Lyman, USA

With up to six cannons and 300 infantrymen as garrison, Fort Stedman was typical of the more than 30 forts that studded the Union siege lines. Its main distinguishing characteristic: the Confederate line lay only 300 yards away.
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 13.892′ N, 77° 22.18′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Siege Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Petersburg National Battlefield on the Auto Tour Road at Tour Stop 5. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Stedman (a few steps from this marker); A Final Effort (within shouting distance of this marker); Colquitt’s Salient Trail (about 300 feet away, in a direct line); Prince George Court House Road (about 400 feet away); Hare House Site (about 500 feet away); Wasted Valor (about 700 feet away); First Maine Heavy Artillery Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colquitt’s Salient (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Marker outside of Fort Stedman Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Marker outside of Fort Stedman
This Union stronghold was the focus of a Confederate attack on March 25, 1865, which was Gen. Robert E. Lee's last offensive of the Civil War.
 

 
More about this marker. The top of marker features a war-time photo of Fort Stedman with the caption Union engineers elected to leave Stedman’s trees standing – an uncommon luxury for the troops stationed here. The photograph above was taken from where you are standing.



The bottom right of the marker contains another Fort Stedman photo with the caption Dirt and logs gave shelter against Confederate shells and bullets. Life in the fortifications was, wrote one soldier, “Endurance without relief; sleeplessness without exhilaration; inactivity without rest; and constant apprehension requiring ceaseless watching.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Stedman. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Fort Stedman (Final Phase). The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Inside Fort Stedman Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Inside Fort Stedman
A number of cannons are still located within the remains of Fort Stedman.
 
 
Exterior of Fort Stedman Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
4. Exterior of Fort Stedman
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,198 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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