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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Uprooted by War

 
 
Uprooted by War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Uprooted by War Marker
This marker is within sight of the Petersburg National Battlefield Visitor Center.
Inscription. “Every tree, stump, and fence has disappeared… What was once verdant is now a wasteland of dust and dirt.”
- John Haley, 17th Maine Infantry January 26, 1865

The gentle depression in front of you is the only vestige of the Josiah Jordon House. The house was dismantled by Union troops during the Siege of Petersburg.

War came to the Jordon farm in late 1862, when Confederate engineer Charles Dimmock laid out ten miles of defenses to protect Petersburg. Battery 5 of the “Dimmock Line” stood only yards from the Jordon House.

When Union and Confederate armies swarmed over this area in 1864, dozens of farmers like Jordan were uprooted, their homes damaged or destroyed, their woodlots cut, and their fields ravaged. The landscape sill bears the scars.
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 14.667′ N, 77° 21.423′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Siege Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Petersburg National Battlefield on the Battery 5 Trail. The trailhead is located at the Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Markers on the Battery 5 Trail. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Markers on the Battery 5 Trail.
The walking trail that follows the Dimmock Line in the area of Battery 5 passes many markers. The "Uprooted by War" marker is to the left of the photo.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Petersburg Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Artillery at Petersburg (a few steps from this marker); Siege of Petersburg — Grant's First Offensive (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery 5 Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery 5 of the Dimmock Line (within shouting distance of this marker); The Siege of Petersburg (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stephen Tyng Mather (about 300 feet away); Prelude to Petersburg (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a picture with the caption The Jordon House appears clearly in this lithograph of the June 15 attack on Battery 5.

The right side of the marker has a picture with the caption The ruins of Edge Hill, five miles west of here, symbolized the fate of many Petersburg-area homes. It was the home of William Turnbull and served as Lee’s last headquarters during the campaign.
 
Also see . . .
1. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on April 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Battery 5 Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Battery 5 Trail Map
The "Uprooted by War" marker, located on the Battery 5 Trail, is indicated by the red arrow.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Jordon House Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
4. The Jordon House Foundation
The foundation remains are just north of the park visitor center (seen in the left background).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 966 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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