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

Bermuda Hundred Landing

Butler’s Campaign Begins

 

— Bermuda Hundred Campaign —

 
Bermuda Hundred Landing CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
1. Bermuda Hundred Landing CWT Marker
Inscription.  Union Gen. Benjamin Butler’s 30,000-man Army of the James landed here without opposition on May 5, 1864. Despite his surprise arrival, Butler proved unable to take advantage of the unprepared Confederate defenders below Richmond.

He pushed west toward Port Walthall Junction, then Drewry’s Bluff, but a cautious command style combined with concern for a long supply line that led back to this landing paralyzed Butler. He threatened Richmond briefly from the south before retiring to the safety of the Bermuda Hundred peninsula, where his army remained for the last year of the war.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 20.489′ N, 77° 16.26′ W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Bermuda Hundred Road 1.4 miles east of Allied Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester VA 23836, 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. Bermuda Hundred (within shouting distance
Map of the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. Map of the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula
of this marker); a different marker also named Bermuda Hundred (within shouting distance of this marker); Beyond the Big House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Resistance and Punishments (approx. 1.7 miles away); A Busy Port (approx. 1.7 miles away); Grant's Cabin (approx. 1.7 miles away); City Point (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named City Point (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of “The crowded wharves at Bermuda Hundred Landing in 1864.”

On the right is a map of the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula showing the potential targets of Butler’s Army of the James. The map carries the caption, “Once his army was established here, Butler would be free to threaten the vital transportation links between Richmond and Petersburg. The river offered a sheltered escape route in the event of a disaster.”

The map inset shows Civil War sites on the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chesterfield Heritage Alliance. Bermuda Hundred Campaign. (Submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Civil War Traveler. Chesterfield County. (Submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Wikipedia. Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. (Submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Civil War sites on the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
3. Civil War sites on the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula
Bermuda Hundred Landing Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
4. Bermuda Hundred Landing Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,777 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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