Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Hatcher's Run Battlefields
Boydton Plank Road & South Side Railroad
—Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, USA
"The only question for us now is, whether we shall call forth all the energies and resources of our country, all the courage and manhood of our race, to drive back the foul invaders."
The campaign for Petersburg had lasted more than four months by late October 1864. Having failed to punch through to the city in June and July, the Union army group under the overall command of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant focused on severing Petersburg's supply arteries to the south and west. Doing so would strangle Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and the Old Dominion's two largest and most important cities, Richmond and Petersburg. By late in August, only two such lines remained open to Lee: the South Side Railroad and, for wagons, the Boydton Plank Road (also, today's U.S. Route 1).
Late in September and early in October, the Federals launched their fifth
Gen-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant commanded all Union armies, but at Petersburg he relied on the Army of the James under Gen. Benjamin F. Butler and the Army of the Potomac commanded by Gen. George G. Meade.
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Gen. Robert E. Lee commanded the Army of Northern Virginia but in early February 1865 received a promotion to general-in-chief of all Confederate armies, a gesture too late to have much practical effect on the conduct of the war.
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This loop trail is roughly 3/4 mile. Allow about 45 minutes for a leisurely walk over level terrain.
Erected by Civil War Trust and Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 37° 8.7′ N, 77° 29.256′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Duncan Road (Virginia Route 670) 0.6 miles south of Wheaton Road (Virginia Route 674), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in the parking area for the Civil War Trust Hatcher's Run Battlefield hiking trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9221 Duncan Road, Petersburg VA 23803, 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. A different marker also named Hatcher's Run Battlefields (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Hatcher's Run Battlefields (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Hatcher's Run Battlefields (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Hatcher’s Run (approx. 1½ miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Hatcher’s Run (approx. 1½ miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Hatcher’s Run (approx. 1½ miles away); Brigadier General John Pegram (approx. 1½ miles away); Burgess Mill (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
Also see . . . Hatcher's Run. American Battlefield Trust (Submitted on October 21, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.