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

Hatcher's Run Battlefields

Boydton Plank Road & South Side Railroad

 
 
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By Bradley Owen, October 20, 2021
1. Hatcher's Run Battlefield Marker
Inscription.  "Time is passing and Richmond is still not ours. I think it cannot be long now before the tug will come which, if it does not secure the prize, will put us where the end will be in sight."
—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."
—Richmond Examiner

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
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By Bradley Owen, October 20, 2021
2. Hatcher's Run Battlefield Marker
View of marker and the beginning of the hiking trail from the parking area.
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Petersburg offensive aimed at capturing those two vital transportation routes. Although the Union army extended its lines several miles to the west, the attack at the Battle of Peebles' Farm failed to achieve these objectives. Grant tried again on October 27, in what is known as the sixth Petersburg offensive, and renewed the effort early in February 1865 in his seventh offensive. The ground around you lies at the heart of both of those engagements. Follow this trail to learn about these battles and see some of the best-preserved field fortifications in the country.

(Captions)
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.
Courtesy Library of Congress

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.
Courtesy Library of Congress

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
Closeup of Battlefield Trail on the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 20, 2021
3. Closeup of Battlefield Trail on the Marker
is listed in this topic list: 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 Battlefield Signs At Parking Area image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 20, 2021
4. Hatcher's Run Battlefield Signs At Parking Area
 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 69 times since then. 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.

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