Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battery 5 of the Dimmock Line
Most of the works you see at Battery 5 were built by slaves. The parapet to your left, shown on the diagram to your right in blue, was added by the Federals after the battle here on June 15, 1864.
Far Right: On June 15, 1864, more that 30,000 Union troops marched from the east toward the Dimmock Line. Only 2,300 Confederates stood between the Federals and Petersburg.
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 14.704′ N, 77° 21.427′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Petersburg Tour Road, on the 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. The Petersburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery at Petersburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Opportunity Lost (within shouting distance of this marker); Uprooted by War (within shouting distance of this marker); Siege of Petersburg — Grant's First Offensive (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery 5 Trail (about 400 feet away); The Siege of Petersburg (about 500 feet away); Prelude to Petersburg (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by a war-time photograph with the caption, This photograph, taken from just inside Battery 5, shows how the battery looked a few days after the capture by the Federals. During the Siege of Petersburg, Battery 5 would be more than a mile behind the rest of the Union siege Lines.
The upper right of the marker contains maps of Battery 5, and of all fortifications surrounding Petersburg.
Also see . . .
1. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on April 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,251 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on August 20, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6, 7. submitted on December 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 8. submitted on April 4, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.