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Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Braving the Fire

 
 
Braving the Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. Braving the Fire Marker
Inscription. The Union attacking force paused briefly to reorganize in the low ground behind you. Then, defying heavy infantry and artillery fire, they lunged toward the steep earth walls of Fort Harrison.
From a sketch by noted artist, William Waud.

Some of our men fall riddled with bullets; great gaps are rent in our ranks as the shells cut their way through us, or burst in our midst; a solid shot or shell striking directly will bore straight through ten or twenty men; here are some men literally cut in two, others yonder are blown to pieces -- and the horrors of an assault in force... are repeated over and over again.
S. Millett Thompson, 13th New Hampshire Infantry
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 37° 25.551′ N, 77° 22.346′ W. Marker was in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker could be reached from Battlefield Park Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on the walking trail in the Fort Harrison Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker was in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Killing Fields (here, next to this marker); Union Entrenchments
Braving the Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
2. Braving the Fire Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Confederate Trenches (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Big Guns Spoke" (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproof (within shouting distance of this marker); Surprise Attack (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building Fort Burnham (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. This Marker was replaced by a new one named, "The Killing Fields"
 
Also see . . .  Battlefield Tour - Ft Gilmer to Ft Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Ditch in front of Confederate Works image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Ditch in front of Confederate Works
Federals had to scale the slope here in order to capture the Confederate works at Fort Harrison. After the fort was captured, the Federals continued to use some of the old lines as rear defenses during the ongoing operations.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on , by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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