Chesterfield in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
World War I in Chesterfield County
In 1917, the U.S. Army leased over 4,000 acres in Chesterfield County for training. The 313th Field Artillery occupied the Civil War Confederate fort known as Parker's Battery and fired their guns into the swamps at Dutch Gap. J. Thompson Brown, a Richmond businessman, served in Parker's Battery during the Civil War and later purchased the land. In a letter to Maj. Gen Aldebert Cronkite, commander at Camp Lee, he wrote :
"I wish if possible, the threes and earth works, and the Battery redoubt to be spared and protected.....to me and the other survivors still living in and around Richmond every tree and square foot of ground is sacred and of hallowed memories."
Parkers Battery still exists today as a unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Erected by Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors.
Location. 37° 22.569′ N, 77° 30.4′ W. Marker is in Chesterfield, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Iron Bridge Road (Virginia Route 10) west of Wagners Way, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10011 Iron Bridge Rd, Chesterfield VA 23832, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial Wall (a few steps from this marker); Chesterfield Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Chesterfield and Manchester Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Chesterfield County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); 1917 Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Magnolia Grange (within shouting distance of this marker); Apostles of Religious Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church (Centralia) (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesterfield.
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.