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

Advance on Petersburg

 
 
Advance on Petersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
1. Advance on Petersburg Marker
Inscription.  Elements of the Union Army of the James, led by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, landed at Bermuda Hundred on 5 May 1864 to cut the Confederate rail and supply lines between Richmond and Petersburg. On 9 May, Butler sent divisions to Port Walthall Junction and Chester Station and turned south toward Petersburg. At Swift Creek, they encountered Brig. Gens. Johnson Hagood's and Bushrod R. Johnson's divisions protecting the turnpike and railroad bridges. The Confederates launched a counterattack across the creek, but were overwhelmed by superior Federal numbers. Butler did not follow up this attack, and by 11 May his troops were back at Bermuda Hundred.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S-24.)
 
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 date for this entry is May 5, 1864.
 
Location. 37° 17.838′ N, 77° 24.584′ W. Marker is near Colonial Heights, Virginia, in Chesterfield County.
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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. 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. Union Army Railroad Raids (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. ¾ mile away); Union Army Checked (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle of Swift Creek (approx. one mile 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.
 
Advance on Petersburg Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. Advance on Petersburg Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,189 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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