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

Union Army Railroad Raids

 
 
Union Army Railroad Raids Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
1. Union Army Railroad Raids Marker
Inscription.  On 5 May 1864, leading elements of Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James disembarked off transports at Bermuda Hundred, located to the north of here. The next day this army began severing telegraph lines and nearby portions of the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad, a rail line that carried troops, supplies, and food to Richmond from other junctions. Over the next five days, Butler's troops focused on destroying portions of the railroad and fought a number of skirmishes with Confederate troops. The Confederate army countered the Federal attacks, protected the railroad, and eventually reestablished the rail line.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resurces. (Marker Number S-20.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 17.835′ N, 77° 24.584′ W. Marker is near Colonial Heights, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.4 miles north of Happy Hill Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map
Union Army Railroad Raids Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. Union Army Railroad Raids Marker
. Marker is in this post office area: Colonial Heights VA 23834, 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. Advance on Petersburg (here, next to this marker); Redwater Creek Engagement (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Swift Creek Battlefield: A Landscape of Change (approx. 0.7 miles away); Union Army Checked (approx. ¾ mile away); Battle of Swift Creek (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Brave to Madness" (approx. one mile away); Electric Railway (approx. 1.3 miles away); The "Bottle" (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Heights.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 847 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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