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

Redwater Creek Engagement

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
1. Redwater Creek Engagement Marker
Inscription.  While Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James entrenched at Bermuda Hundred on 11 May 1864, Confederate Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke led parts of two divisions north from Petersburg to unite with Maj. Gen. Robert Ransom's division near Drewry's Bluff and Proctor's Creek. Once there, Hoke formed the Confederate left wing with Ransom on the right facing south. At dawn on 12 May, Union Maj. Gen. William F. Smith led his corps through the Federal line to present-day U.S. Rte. 1, then north toward Richmond. After a mile, here at Redwater Creek, a Confederate skirmish line stopped Smith and then fell back to Proctor's Creek.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S-36.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 11, 1864.
 
Location. 37° 17.772′ N, 77° 24.595′ W. Marker is near Colonial Heights, Virginia, in Chesterfield
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By Bernard Fisher, March 15, 2009
2. Redwater Creek Engagement Marker
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County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.3 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 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Advance on Petersburg (about 400 feet away); Swift Creek Battlefield: A Landscape of Change (approx. 0.7 miles away); Union Army Checked (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle of Swift Creek (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Brave to Madness" (approx. one mile away); Electric Railway (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ellerslie (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Colonial Heights.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,080 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 17, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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