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Near Varina in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Harrison

 
 
Fort Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 17, 2009
1. Fort Harrison Marker
Inscription.  Fort Harrison served as one of the principal works in Richmond's defenses during the Civil War. On 29 Sept. 1864, Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James launched a two-pronged attack against Richmond's defenses as Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had ordered. While African American regiments assaulted Confederate positions below New Market Heights to the east, Maj. Gen. Edward O. C. Ord led part of XVIII Corps against Fort Harrison, located south of here. Captured after heavy resistance, the fort then became a Union stronghold. The next day, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee personally supervised several fierce counterattacks to regain the position, but the Federals held on.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V-2.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 27.264′ N, 77° 22.287′ W. Marker is near Varina, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on New Market Road (Virginia Route 5) 0.1 miles east of Battlefield Park Road
Fort Harrison Marker on New Market Road facing west. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 17, 2009
2. Fort Harrison Marker on New Market Road facing west.
, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Gilmer (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop (about 600 feet away); Advancing On Richmond (approx. 0.4 miles away); Black Troops Attack at Chaffin’s Farm (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hopeless Attacks (approx. 0.7 miles away); Richmond Battlefields (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Gilmer (approx. 0.7 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Varina.
 
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Chaffin's Farm / New Market Heights (Submitted on February 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Richmond National Battlefield Park. Fort Harrison (Submitted on February 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Richmond National Battlefield Park. Military Operations at Chaffin's Farm (Submitted on February 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Fort Burnham, Va. (previously Confederate Fort Harrison). Encampment and earthworks. image. Click for full size.
circa 1865
3. Fort Burnham, Va. (previously Confederate Fort Harrison). Encampment and earthworks.
Library of Congress [LC-B811- 2498]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 938 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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