Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Brother vs. Brother
The Breakthrough Trail
— Pamplin Historical Park —
Some distance to your right and a little later in the battle, Private William S. Prentiss also suffered a severe wound, one that would require the amputation of his right leg. William Prentiss served in the 2nd Maryland Battalion, a Confederate unit.
William and Clifton were brothers. As in so many families from border states like Maryland, the Civil War had driven a wedge between these two young men. Their service in opposing armies brought them together on this battlefield, although under tragic circumstances.
<Sidebar:> The Confederates created this narrow opening in their fortifications to allow pickets to go back and forth from their posts, for wood-gathering parties to scavenge for timber, and to permit the men to use the latrines which were located in front of their works. A number of these gaps existed along the entire Confederate line.
Erected by Pamplin Historical Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 10.865′ N, 77° 28.456′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker can be reached from Duncan Road (Virginia Route 670), on the left when traveling south. Marker is in Pamplin Historical Park, on the Breakthrough Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Man Over the Works (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Lieutenant Octavius Augustus Wiggins (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel George B. Damon (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Winter Huts (within shouting distance of this marker); Sergeant John E. Buffington (about 300 feet away, measured The Breakthrough (about 300 feet away); The Confederate Fortifications (about 300 feet away); Confederate Winter Quarters (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker features a photograph of Major Clifton Prentiss, with the caption, “Major Clifton K. Prentiss had this photograph taken in early 1865. After his death, he was awarded brevet promotions to the ranks of lieutenant colonel and colonel of his regiment.” The top of the marker contains “An artist’s conception of how this area appeared during the winter of 1865.”
Also see . . .
1. Breakthrough at Petersburg. The American Civil War website. (Submitted on January 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The Breakthrough Trail. Pamplin Historical Park website. (Submitted on January 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
3. The Final Assault. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on January 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on January 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,277 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.