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

Battery Dantzler

May 1864-April 1865

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
1. Battery Dantzler SCV Marker
Inscription.  First named Ft. Howlett, the battery was renamed after Col. Olin M. Dantzler, who was killed on June 2, 1864, in an attempt to capture Ft. Dutton. Leading the 22nd South Carolina Inf. the attack failed. Battery Dantzler played a major role in keeping the Union Navy down river. The Battery was abandoned on June 16th 1864, to send troops to Petersburg and retaken that night. Because of this battery and others along the river the Dutch Gap Canal was started on August 10th 1864, and was never opened until after the war. Several attempts were made by the Confederate Navy to break the Union Blockade, all of which failed. On April 2nd 1865, the Battery was abandoned, the men joining in the surrender at Appomattox CH. on April 9, 1865.

This site was a gift to the people of Chesterfield County by Air Product Inc.
Sponsered by: Chesterfield Hist. Soc. C.W. Sites Committee
Sons of Confederate Veterans Chester Staion Camp
 
Erected by Sons of Confederate Veterans and Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil
Battery Dantzler SCV Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
2. Battery Dantzler SCV Marker
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. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1821.
 
Location. 37° 21.552′ N, 77° 23.502′ W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Battery Dantzler Road, 0.2 miles east of Old Stage Road. This marker is located near the bluff overlooking Trent's Reach 500 feet north of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester VA 23836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bermuda Hundred Campaign (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Trent’s Reach (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battery Dantzler (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Olin Miller Dantzler (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Battery Dantzler (about 500 feet away); Dutch Gap Conservation Area (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Siege of Petersburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battery Dantzler (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
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By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
3. Powder Magazine.
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By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
4. Gun Platform
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,400 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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