Near Colonial Heights in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Howlett Line Park
Dantzler’s Attack on Fort Dutton
On June 2, 1864, Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard sent troops toward nearby Federal positions to reconnoiter their strength. From near this spot, Col. Olin M. Dantzler led the 22nd South Carolina Regiment in an attempt to capture Fort Dutton. Using the ravine to the south as cover, he moved his men to within 150 yards of the fort. As the Confederates emerged from the ravine, they were met with canister from
Located aproximately 4,000 feet northeast of here. Fort Dutton was named after Col. Arthur H. Dutton who was mortally wounded on May 26, 1864 while leading a reconnaissance of the Confederate lines. Dutton died from his wounds on June 5. Fort Dutton stood until the 1990s when it was leveled for home construction.
This sign was sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 877, The Chester Station Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.
Erected by Boy Scouts, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Chesterfield Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. 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 1865.
Location. 37° 19.983′ N, 77° 22.917′ W. Marker is near Colonial Heights, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Howlett Line Drive, 0.3 miles south of Woods Edge Road, on the rightTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14100 Howlett Line Drive, Colonial Heights VA 23834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Ware Bottom Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Bomb Proof Church ? (approx. 0.8 miles away); Construction of the Howlett Line (approx. 0.9 miles away); Howlett Line Gun Position (approx. one mile away); Sgt. James Engle (approx. 1.1 miles away); Fort Wead (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Wead (approx. 1.2 miles away); Parker's Battery (approx. 1.3 miles away).
Regarding Howlett Line Park. On the lower left is a photo of "Col. Olin Miller Dantzler, Photo- Calhoun County S.C. Museum and Cultural Center, St. Mathews S.C."
On the upper center is a map detailing the route of Dantzler’s attack on Fort Dutton.
On the upper right is a map showing surviving works along the Howlett Line. The map carries the caption, "1865 Location of the Bermuda hundred Lines and current Parks".
On the lower right is "A wartime photograph of Union fortifications at Bermuda Hundred".
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler. Chesterfield County (Submitted on February 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 5,000 times since then and 204 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on February 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 14. submitted on April 14, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 15. submitted on October 19, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.