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

Dahlgren's Cavalry Raid

 
 
Dahlgren's Cavalry Raid Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 26, 2009
1. Dahlgren's Cavalry Raid Marker
Inscription.  In February 1864 a young Union officer, Col. Ulric Dahlgren, joined with Brig. Gen. H. Judson Kilpatrick to raid Richmond and free Federal prisoners of war. They planned for Kilpatrick's men to attack the city's northern defenses while Dahlgren would lead his men through Goochland County, cross the James River, and enter the city from the south. A local African American, Martin Robinson escorted the troopers to a nearby ford but the water was too high to cross. Suspecting trickery, Dahlgren hanged him near here on 1 March, and then attacked the city from the west. Defeated, he rode east in search of Kilpatrick and was killed the next day in King and Queen County.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA-27.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1864.
 
Location. 37° 35.169′ N, 77° 38.16′ W. Marker is near Goochland, Virginia, in Goochland County. Marker is on River Road 0.1 miles west of Hillpoint Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23238, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Dahlgren's Cavalry Raid Marker on River Road (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 26, 2009
2. Dahlgren's Cavalry Raid Marker on River Road (facing east)
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8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tuckahoe (approx. one mile away); Bellona Foundry (approx. 2˝ miles away); Tommy Edwards (approx. 3˝ miles away); The Heath Gravity Railroad (approx. 3˝ miles away); Terre Haute Farm African American Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); William Webber (approx. 3.8 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Old Coal Pit Railroad Bed (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goochland.
 
Col. Ulric Dahlgren image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
3. Col. Ulric Dahlgren
From Souvenir of the Washington trip of Dahlgren Post 2, G. A. R. Reunion 1892.
Kilpatrick's raid to Richmond image. Click for full size.
By Edwin Forbes, 1864
4. Kilpatrick's raid to Richmond
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-22557]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,789 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   3. submitted on November 15, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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