“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Grant Under Fire

Grant Under Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
1. Grant Under Fire Marker
Inscription. General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant hoped that his men could convert their early morning triumph at Fort Harrison into a sweeping and perhaps decisive victory. He arrived here three hours after the fort's capture to assess progress. Confederate artillery still shelled the fort intermittently. After looking around, Grant seated himself near this spot with his back to a small traverse (now gone) and began to write a dispatch to a nearby subordinate: "General Ord has carried the very strong works and some fifteen pieces of artillery, and his corps is now ready to advance in conjunction with you....push forward on the road I left you on."

"... a shell burst directly over him. Those standing about instinctively ducked their heads, but he paid no attention to the occurrence, and did not pause in his writing, or even look up." Colonel Horace Porter, of Grant's staff

No one was here to sketch the event as it occurred, but this postwar painting depicts Grant's narrow escape at this spot, which preserved him for later duty as the nation's eighteenth president.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Location. 37° 25.581′ N, 77° 22.346′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road 0.2 miles south of Picnic Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located along the main trail at the Fort Harrison Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8621 Battlefield Park Road, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Big Guns Spoke" (within shouting distance of this marker); Surprise Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); The Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproof (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Entrenchments (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Trenches (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building Fort Burnham (about 400 feet away); Counterattack (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
Also see . . .  Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on July 6, 2015.)
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 30 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 5, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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