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The Fort Under Attack

 
 
The Fort Under Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
1. The Fort Under Attack Marker
Inscription.  
The Confederate fortifications at Brook Hill were occupied forceably (sic) three times by Union cavalry during the Civil War. The initial raid during the night of May 4, 1863 by General Stoneman’s troops was of relatively little consequence. On March 1, 1864 General Judson Kilpatrick with 3,500 cavalrymen seized this fort and shelled the inner defense line from here in preparation for an assault upon Richmond that failed. Finally, on May 11, 1864, 12,000 Federals commanded by General Philip Sheridan, after overpowering General J.E.B. Stuart at the Battle of Yellow Tavern two miles to the north, advanced upon these works. Confederates fiercely contested every inch of ground before being overwhelmed. Sheridan, fearing entrapment, retired to the east the next day.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1862.
 
Location. 37° 36.659′ N, 77° 27.519′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Brook Road (U.S. 1) 0.1 miles west of Brook Road (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling north. This marker
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is located at the Confederate Fortifications site in the Brook Run shopping center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23227, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gabriel’s Insurrection (here, next to this marker); Confederate Fortifications (a few steps from this marker); Stuart's Ride (within shouting distance of this marker); Richmond Defences (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brook Road (about 500 feet away); Outer Fortifications (about 500 feet away); Campaign of 1781 (about 500 feet away); Emmanuel Church at Brook Hill Episcopal (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stoneman's 1863 Raid (April 13 – May 10, 1863). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on February 21, 2024, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid (February 28–March 3, 1864). Encyclopedia Virginia entry (Submitted on February 21, 2024, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

3. Battle of Yellow Tavern (May 11, 1864). Encyclopedia Virginia website entry (Submitted on February 21, 2024, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Brook Hill Fortifications image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, February 7, 2009
2. Brook Hill Fortifications
Brook Hill Fortifications site. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, February 1, 2009
3. Brook Hill Fortifications site.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2024. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,117 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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