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

Howlett Line

 
 
Howlett Line Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
1. Howlett Line Marker
Inscription.  
These earthworks are part of the strong Confederate defensive position known as the “Howlett Line.” Composed of a string of interconnected redoubts and trenches, the line ran eight miles north and south and was named for the Howlett House which was located on the northern end, near the site of Battery Dantzler. With batteries housing large caliber guns anchoring the line on the James River to the north, and the Appomattox River to the south, the “Howlett Line” defended the eastern approaches to Richmond between the two rivers. Construction of the “Howlett Line” began on May 19, 1864, and was ready by June 17, when Parker’s “Boy Company” took up its position here.

The first few weeks along the “Howlett Line” were rather active for the artillerists. While the Union army shifted its attention south to Petersburg, its batteries frequently dueled with their Confederate counterparts in this area. Of particular annoyance to Parker’s men was harassing fire coming from northern sharpshooters concealed in Ware Bottom Church, a small wooden building located between the lines. One dark evening, three of Parker’s artillerists crawled out
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to the church and set fire to it, thus relieving their battery from the deadly fire of the Union riflemen.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1939.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 20.964′ N, 77° 23.664′ W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Ware Bottom Spring Road, 0.1 miles east of Old Stage Road, on the right when traveling east. This marker is located within the Parker’s Battery Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 Ware Bottom Spring Road, Chester VA 23836, 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 Howlett Line (here, next to this marker); The Boy Company (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Boy Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Parker’s Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Parker’s Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker
Howlett Line Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
2. Howlett Line Marker
also named Parker's Battery (about 400 feet away); Remembrance (about 400 feet away); Battery Dantzler (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of “Major William Watts Parker.” Below the photo is the caption, “Arriving on the “Howlett Line”, the “Boy Company” was under the command of Captain William Watts Parker, the prewar Richmond physician who had raised the battery two years before. Just weeks before the war's end, Parker was promoted to Major and left the battery."
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. New Marker At This Location also titled "Howlett Line".
 
Howlett Line Entrenchment image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, February 9, 2009
3. Howlett Line Entrenchment
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,708 times since then and 90 times this year. Last updated on January 10, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on February 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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