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

Union Defensive Lines

Fort Brady to Fort Burnham

 

— Fort Brady - 1864 —

 
Union Defensive Lines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Union Defensive Lines Marker
Inscription.  After capturing Fort Harrison on September 29, 1864, Federal troops built a 2½-mile line of fortifications connecting the Union position from Fort Harrison (later renamed Fort Burnham) to Fort Brady here on the James River.

Once the fortifications were completed, Union soldiers, including United States Colored Troops shown in this 1865 photograph, occupied these earthworks until the end of the war.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 23.526′ N, 77° 21.647′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Hoke Brady Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in the parking lot of Fort Brady Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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 location. Fort Brady Trail (a few steps from this marker); Fort Brady (within shouting
Walking Trail at Fort Brady image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Walking Trail at Fort Brady
The marker is located at the beginning of the walking trail through Fort Brady on the James River.
distance of this marker); Battle of Trent's Reach (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Inside Fort Brady (about 300 feet away); Powder Magazine (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Powder Magazine (about 400 feet away); Guns of Fort Brady (about 400 feet away); Guarding the River (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains the war-time photograph mentioned in the marker text. Below this is a map of a walking trail through Fort Brady. The left side of the marker features a map of the line of Union fortifications from Fort Brady (site of the marker) to Fort Burnham (site of Confederate Fort Harrison).
 
Regarding Union Defensive Lines. This marker was replaced by a new one named Fort Brady Trail (See nearby markers).
 
Also see . . .  Battlefield Tour - Ft Gilmer to Ft Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Richmond National Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Richmond National Battlefield Park
Marker is in the Fort Brady Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park.
Map of Union Fortifications Near Richmond image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Map of Union Fortifications Near Richmond
Map of Fort Brady Walking Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
5. Map of Fort Brady Walking Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 740 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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Jul. 11, 2020