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

The "Bottle"

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
1. The "Bottle" Marker
Inscription.  Here in 1864 on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula between the James and Appomattox Rivers, the Union Army of the James, commanded by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, was "bottled up" by Confederate Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard, defender of Petersburg. The cautious Butler had begun constructing earthworks across the peninsula about a mile east in May, shortly after he occupied the peninsula, to protect against attack from the west. The Confederates built parallel earthworks (the Howlett Line) about half a mile east of here to "bottle up" the Federals. In Sept., however, Butler's army easily crossed the James River to attack the Richmond fortifications.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S-18.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
 
Location. 37° 19.385′ N, 77° 24.321′ W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Jefferson
The "Bottle" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. The "Bottle" Marker
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Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.4 miles north of Mangowood Road, on the right when traveling north. 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. Confederate Reconnaissance Mission (approx. 0.9 miles away); Howlett Line Park (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Battle of Ware Bottom Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); A Bomb Proof Church ? (approx. 1.6 miles away); Howlett Line Gun Position (approx. 1.7 miles away); Construction of the Howlett Line (approx. 1.7 miles away); Lee's Headquarters (approx. 1.7 miles away); Advance on Petersburg (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 880 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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