Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Old Men and Boys of Petersburg
Placed by the Petersburg Chapter U.D.C. May 1908
Erected 1908 by Petersburg Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 37° 12.258′ N, 77° 22.929′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on South Crater Road (U.S. 301) 0.1 miles south of East South Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located next to an alley running between Oakland Street and South Crater Road. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col. George W. Gowen Monument (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pennsylvania Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln In Petersburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery 31 Graham Road (approx. ¾ mile away); Joshua L. Chamberlain Promoted “On The Spot” (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Davis (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Davis (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
Regarding Old Men and Boys of Petersburg. On June 9, 1864 Maj Gen Quincy A Gillmore launched a 3-pronged attack from City Point against the thinly held Petersburg defenses. That morning 3,000 Federal infantry demonstrated against the northeast and eastern portion of the line to fix the Confederates in place. Meanwhile Brig Gen Augustus V Kautz led 1,300 horsemen up the Jerusalem Plank Road (US 301) to assault the line from below the city.
Kautz's Division engaged Maj Gen Fletcher H Archer's Home Guard of "Old Men and Young Boys" at Battery 27 (Rive's Salient). The militiamen held long enough for Gen PGT Beauregard to rush reinforcements from Bermuda Hundred to the southwest edge of the city. This second line repulsed Kautz's cavalry assault ending the First Battle of Petersburg.
Also see . . . CWSAC Battle Summary. Petersburg (Battle of Old Men and Young Boys) (Submitted on April 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,428 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.