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

Richmond Defences

Outer-Line Crossing Mill Road

 
 
Richmond Defences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 17, 2003
1. Richmond Defences Marker
Inscription.  To the North was the Confederate Fort Gilmer, attacked but not captured, Sept. 29,1864. Southward, earthworks centering around Fort Harrison extended to James River. These protected Chaffin's Bluff which, with Drewry's Bluff opposite it, guarded the approaches to Richmond by water.
 
Erected by Battlefield Markers Association. (Marker Number 44.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia - D.S. Freeman (Richmond Battlefields) series list.
 
Location. 37° 26.63′ N, 77° 22.839′ W. Marker is near Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of Mill Road and Battlefield Park Road, on the right when traveling east on Mill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Gilmer (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richmond Battlefields (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hopeless Attacks (approx. ¼ mile away); Black Troops Attack at Chaffin’s Farm
Richmond Defences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 17, 2003
2. Richmond Defences Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Johnson (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate Bulwark (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Gilmer (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varina.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Gilmer to Fort Brady. Segment of the National Park Service tour of the Richmond Battlefields. (Submitted on December 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Chaffin's Farm. (Submitted on November 25, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Freeman Markers, Richmond Battlefield Parks Corporation, Douglas Southall Freeman
 
Richmond Defences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Richmond Defences Marker
Earthwork Line North Side of Mill Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Earthwork Line North Side of Mill Road
Works on the South Side of the Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
5. Works on the South Side of the Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2008, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 874 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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