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

Fort Gilmer

Outer Line of Richmond Defences

 
 
Fort Gilmer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 17, 2003
1. Fort Gilmer Marker
Inscription.  To the right of this road was Fort Gilmer, successfully defended against Federal assaults and held until the eve of the evacuation of Richmond. Kershaw's Division, the last Confederate infantry to leave the Richmond line, abandoned Fort Gilmer at 3 A.M., April 3, 1865.
 
Erected by Battlefield Markers Association. (Marker Number 49.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia - D.S. Freeman (Richmond Battlefields) series list.
 
Location. 37° 27.314′ N, 77° 22.384′ W. Marker is near Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of New Market Road (Virginia Route 5) and Battlefield Park Road, on the right when traveling east on New Market 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 Harrison (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop (approx. ¼ mile away); Advancing On Richmond
Fort Gilmer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 17, 2003
2. Fort Gilmer Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Black Troops Attack at Chaffin’s Farm (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hopeless Attacks (approx. 0.7 miles away); Richmond Battlefields (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Gilmer (approx. 0.7 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varina.
 
Also see . . .  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.) 
 
Additional keywords. Freeman Markers, Richmond Battlefield Parks Corporation, Douglas Southall Freeman, U.S. Colored Troops, USCT.
 
Fort Gilmer Marker and a Portion of the Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Fort Gilmer Marker and a Portion of the Earthworks
 
 
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 1,134 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on January 7, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2008, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on August 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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