Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
— Richmond Nat’l Battlefield Pk – 1862/64 —
Although Federal operations here did not achieve the immediate capture of Richmond, the permanent presence of Northern soldiers so close to the capital city did contribute to the extension of the Confederate lines. The fall of Fort Harrison provoked more fighting. Three separate October battles along the Darbytown Road, north of here, increased
Left Marker: Fort Harrison / Chaffin’s Farm
“There were very many greater fights, and greater numbers killed, during the war, but never was more courage displayed on any field than those men showed in their effort to recapture Fort Harrison. It was a hopeless charge, but it made defeat glorious and Chaffin’s Farm immortal.”
-- 2nd Lt. Thomas Porterfield, 2nd Pennsylvania Provisional Heavy Artillery, speaking of the Confederates on September 30, 1864
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 25.684′ N, 77° 22.391′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in the Fort Harrison Unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. 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 location. A different marker also named Fort Harrison (within shouting distance of this marker); First Park HeadquartersFirst Park Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Harrison Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Harrison Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom Fighters (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Counterattack (within shouting distance of this marker); A Unique Photograph (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
More about this marker. The left of the main marker contains a map of the different units of Richmond National Battlefield Park, with the location of Fort Harrison indicated. The lower right of the marker includes a map of the fortifications from Fort Gilmer to Fort Brady. The left marker features a picture of Union troops fighting off a Confederate counterattack at Fort Harrison.
Regarding Fort Harrison. This marker was replaced by a new one also named Fort Harrison (see nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. Battlefield Tour - Ft Gilmer to Ft Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Fort Harrison. Richmond Battlefields Fort Harrison website. (Submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,122 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on January 9, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.