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

Surprise Attack

 
 
Surprise Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
1. Surprise Attack Marker
Inscription.  You are standing where hand-to-hand fighting erupted as Union troops stormed into Fort Harrison on September 29, 1864. On top of the fort's parapet, Gen. Hiram Burnham clutched his chest after receiving a mortal wound. General George J. Stannard's division lost about 750 men killed and wounded in the attack on Fort Harrison. Butler's army lost an addition 2,200 men in the day's fighting at other nearby forts, and at New Market Heights. Confederate losses for September 29 are estimated at 500, including nearly all 200 defenders at Fort Harrison.

"Some half dozen heads behind glistening gun barrels appeared on a traverse some twenty feet away, and gave us a volley, dropping several men...myself among them." Richard C. Taylor, Confederate artillerist
 
Erected 2010 by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1950.
 
Location. 37° 25.608′ N, 77° 22.343′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker
Federal Attack on Fort Harrison image. Click for full size.
2. Federal Attack on Fort Harrison
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can be reached from Battlefield Park Road, 0.2 miles south of Picnic Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grant Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Big Guns Spoke" (within shouting distance of this marker); A Unique Photograph (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Counterattack (about 300 feet away); Confederate Counterattack (about 300 feet away); The Killing Fields (about 300 feet away); Bombproof (about 300 feet away); The Fort Parapet (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a painting with the caption, "This 1960s painting depicts the fighting here and shows Union general Hiram Burnham receiving his death wound."
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old Marker At This Location also titled "Surprise Attack".
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on July 11, 2010.)
2. Fort Harrison. Richmond Battlefields Association (Submitted on November 5, 2021.) 
 
Fort Harrison Interior image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
3. Fort Harrison Interior
Fort Harrison Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
4. Fort Harrison Trail
Fort Harrison Gun Position image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
5. Fort Harrison Gun Position
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 862 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 11, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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Oct. 7, 2022