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

The Bermuda Hundred Campaign

The Abandonment and Retaking of The Howlett Line

 
 
The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 19, 2021
1. The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Marker
Inscription.  After the Battle of Cold Harbor in June 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant made plans to shift the Army of the Potomac to the south side of the James River with the objective of capturing Petersburg. On June 15th, the 18th Corps of the Army of the James crossed the Appomattox River and attacked the lightly defended Dimmock Line, capturing the eastern portion of the line. This spurred a frantic Confederate rush to reinforce Petersburg. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard realized that the Federals were attacking Petersburg in force and made the difficult decision to abandon the Howlett Line and send all available units to Petersburg. By June 16th the Howlett Line was completely abandoned.
br> On June 16th pickets from the Army of the James reported that the Howlett Line was undefended. Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler ordered the 10th Corps to take the Confederate positions and advance as far Howell's brigade moved along the Bermuda Hundred Road and turned north on the Stage Road where it bumped into Maj. Gen. George Pickett's Division rushing south from Richmond to Petersburg. A short engagement was fought after which the Federals returned to their defensive
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The section of the Howlett Line in the area where you are now standing was recaptured by the 15th Virginia of Corse's Brigade late in the evening of June 16th. With darkness approaching, the 15th found itself over a mile from supporting troops at Chester Station and in danger of having its presence discovered by an enemy with superior numbers. Forming a line, the 15th rushed out of the brush with a rebel yell and ran across an open field toward the Howlett house. The fight lasted 20 minutes before the startled Federals retreated back to their lines at Bermuda Hundred.

The men of the 15th spent a sleepless night spread in a thin line along the earthworks here, expecting a counterattack that never came. Early the next morning, the rest of Corse's Brigade along with the brigades of Terry, Barton, and Hunton, arrived and secured the rest of the Howlett Line.

This sign was sponsored by Joe Overstreet, Germantown, TN

This park was a gift to the people of Chesterfield County from Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

 
Erected by Blue & Gray Education Society; Chesterfield County Virginia.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 16, 1864.
 
Location. 37° 21.548′ N, 77° 23.509′ 
The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 19, 2021
2. The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Marker
W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Battery Dantzler Court, 0.2 miles east of Old Stage Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located on the walking path between the parking area and the overlook platform. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800-1820 Battery Dantzler Ct, Chester VA 23836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Dantzler (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Trent’s Reach (within shouting distance of this marker); Olin Miller Dantzler (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battery Dantzler (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Battery Dantzler (about 400 feet away); Dutch Gap Conservation Area (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Siege of Petersburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battery Dantzler (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 22, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 22, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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