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Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Magruder’s Defenses

 
 
Magruder’s Defenses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
1. Magruder’s Defenses Marker
Inscription.  
Here is a redoubt in the line of Confederate defenses, built across the James-York Peninsula in 1861-62 by General John B. Magruder.
 
Erected 1974 by Virginia Historical Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number W-44.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable PlacesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 15.653′ N, 76° 40.452′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Pocahontas Trail (U.S. 60), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Williamsburg (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quarterpath Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Peninsula Campaign (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Williamsburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); History of Fort Magruder (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Magruder (approx. half a mile away); Vineyard Tract
Marker on Pocahontas Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
2. Marker on Pocahontas Trail
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(approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Fort Magruder (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Williamsburg, 5 May 1862. Williamsburg was the first large battlefield encounter between Union and Confederate forces during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862. (Submitted on August 20, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

2. The Peninsula Campaign of 1862. (Submitted on August 20, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
 
Earthworks Near the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
3. Earthworks Near the Marker
These earthworks, located in the woods next to the marker, were part of the Third Defensive Line across the Peninsula in 1862.
Confederate Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 10, 2008
4. Confederate Fortifications
These fortifications, found about ½ mile north of the marker, are also part of Magruder's Williamsburg Line.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,526 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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