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

Counterattack

Fort Harrison – 1864

 
 
Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. Counterattack Marker
Inscription.  The day after Federals captured Fort Harrison, Robert E. Lee personally directed savage Confederate counterattacks against this section of earthworks. Union forces had already closed and strengthened the rear of the fort.

Armed with new repeating rifles, the Union troops held their ground. In the space of three hours they repulsed three Confederate assaults.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 25.624′ N, 77° 22.4′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is along the walking trail in the Fort Harrison 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 marker. A Unique Photograph (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Counterattack (within shouting distance
Federal Fort Burnham image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Federal Fort Burnham
These fortifications, built by Union soldiers after the taking of Confederate Fort Harrison on September 29, 1864, were attacked by Confederates the following day.
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of this marker); Building Fort Burnham (within shouting distance of this marker); Well (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Surprise Attack (about 300 feet away); Fort Harrison Trail (about 300 feet away); First Park Headquarters (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named First Park Headquarters (about 400 feet away).
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a picture of Union troops holding off the Confederate attack on Fort Harrison.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battlefield Tour - Ft Gilmer to Ft Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

2. Fort Harrison. Richmond Battlefields Fort Harrison website. (Submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Counterattack Marker
The marker stands at a bastion facing toward what was the Confederate lines.
Richmond National Battlefield Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Richmond National Battlefield Park
Marker is in the Fort Harrison Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 970 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   3. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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Aug. 15, 2022