Chester in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Chester Station
May 10, 1864
In grueling 100 degree heat, the Confederates tried twice to break the line. To your left, the 9th and 38th Virginia Infantry charged down the turnpike, and part of the 169th New York Infantry gave way, abandoning that portion of the line and one cannon. The 14th, 53rd, and 57th Virginia Infantry converged from three directions to make the second assault on the Federals around the Winfree House. As the defenders’ ammunition dwindled, desperately needed Union infantry and artillery reenforcements arrived just in time, deploying directly into the Winfree House lane and along the turnpike and checking the Virginians’ advance. Outnumbered, the beleaguered
Adding to the confusion, Federal artillery shells ignited the woods behind you. Wounded soldiers on both sides were in danger of burning to death. As the fighting dwindled, a flag of truce was agreed on to rescue them. When night fell, both sides had had enough. The Confederates retired to Drewry’s Bluff, and the Federals withdrew east to Bermuda Hundred, leaving the smoldering battlefield behind. They had failed to cut Confederate communications and remained for months on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1890.
Location. 37° 21.384′ N, 77° 25.284′ W. Marker is in Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on West Hundred Road (Virginia Route 10) 0.1 miles east of Parker Lane, on the right when traveling east. The marker is located in front of the Chester YMCA. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester VA 23831, 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. A different marker also named Battle of Chester Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Chester Station Fight (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lee's HeadquartersFarrar's Island (approx. 0.9 miles away); Osbornes (approx. 0.9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Howlett Line (approx. 1.3 miles away); Battery Dantzler (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a sketch captioned, “Capt. Alfred P. Rockwell’s 1st Connecticut Light Battery, posted near Winfree House, repulsing Confederate charge”.
On the upper right are photos of Union “Gen. Benjamin Butler” and Confederate “Gen Robert Ransom”.
On the lower right is a map detailing the battlefield movements.
Also see . . . Battle of Chester Station. Wikipedia (Submitted on March 16, 2009.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,893 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.