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Confederate Leaders

The Bermuda Hundred Campaign

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 24, 2014
1. Confederate Leaders Marker
Inscription. When the Bermuda Hundred Campaign began, Confederate forces south of the James River were widely scattered across southern Virginia and eastern North Carolina. Confederate eyes were focused on events to the north where the Battle of the Wilderness was unfolding. When the Army of the James landed at Bermuda Hundred on May 5, 1864, there were scarcely 6,000 troops defending Richmond and Petersburg. While Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia battled Grant and the Army of the Potomac in the Wilderness, Confederate generals Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard and George Pickett scrambled to find troops to place in Butler‘s path.

Gen. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
A native of Louisiana, Beauregard graduated from West Point in 1838. He was trained as an engineer and served ably in the Mexican-American War. He successfully commanded Confederate forces at Fort Sumter and First Manassas and assumed command at Shiloh following the death of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston. Ill health forced his retirement from the field in late 1862 and his duties were largely administrative until called upon to counter Butler’s threat at Bermuda Hundred in 1864. He was known for being somewhat theatrical and fond of elaborate strategic plans that ran counter to how Confederate President Jefferson Davis wanted to conduct the war. He
The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Begins Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher
2. The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Begins Marker
and Davis developed a strong dislike for each other.

Maj. Gen. George Pickett
George Pickett was born in Virginia in 1825. A popular and mischievous student, he graduated last in his class at West Point in 1846. He overcame his low class standing with conspicuous service in the Mexican War and in the western territories. He had a good reputation as a combat leader and was known for his immaculate appearance and flashy style. Pickett‘s division was shattered in the charge that bore his name at Gettysburg. In 1864 he was placed in command of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. He later served as a division commander under Beauregard. In the early days of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign the defense of Richmond and Petersburg were his responsibility.

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Robert E. Lee Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia (Library of Congress)
This sign was sponsored by Bryan Hagen, Charlottesville, VA
 
Erected 2014 by Chesterfield County and the Blue & Gray Education Society.
 
Location. 37° 19.311′ N, 77° 21.328′ W. Marker is in Enon, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Enon Church Road (Virginia Route 746) west of Bermuda Orchard Lane, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located in Point of Rocks Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Enon Church Road, Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bermuda Hundred Campaign-Federal Leaders (here, next to this marker); The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Begins (here, next to this marker); Welcome to R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks (a few steps from this marker); Point of Rocks (a few steps from this marker); Opening Actions of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); Actions in the East 1861-1863 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal War Plans for 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grant's Virginia Campaigns (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Enon.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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