Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Largest Fort
“When the signal sounded the entire Corps, notwithstanding the orders to keep silent, sent up a mighty cheer and then dashed forward into the fog.”
- Lt. Col. Elisha H. Rhodes, 2nd R.I. April 2, 1865
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is April 2, 1885.
Location. 37° 10.454′ N, 77° 27.218′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is in Petersburg National Battlefield along the Siege Line Tour. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Flank Road, Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive (within shouting distance of this marker); Petersburg Battlefields (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Conahey (approx. half a mile away); A Mysterious Historic Feature (approx. one mile away); “A Great Struggle is Now Impending” (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
More about this marker. The right portion of the marker contains a photograph of “Fort Fisher in March 1865. This view shows the fort being expanded to its final size.”
The middle of the marker features a photograph of “The Union signal tower at Peebles Farm – a quarter mile behind you – [which] loomed over Fort Fisher.”
The right portion of the map contains a map of the fortifications around Petersburg at the time of the siege. It has the caption “Fort Fisher was one of several forts built to secure ground gained by the Union during the Battle of Peebles’s Farm in late September and early October 1864.”
Like many other markers in Petersburg National Battlefield, this one has a Petersburg Time Line at the bottom.
Also see . . .
1. Heritage Documentation Programs. Fort Fisher: Assessment of the Principal Earthworks: The Federal "Fish Hook" Line, Petersburg, VA. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,586 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on September 2, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.