Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate engineers employed defensive methods that were both centuries-old (sharpened stakes-abatis) and futuristic (land mines).
Their land mines, known then as torpedos, were artillery shells with special fuses designed to explode on contact. At Fort Johnson, and along the rest of the Confederate line, the mines were buried every two to five feet.
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 1864.
Location. 37° 26.15′ N, 77° 22.642′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Battlefield Park Road 0.4 miles north of Picnic Road, on the left when traveling north. 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. Confederate Bulwark (a few steps from this marker); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.6 miles away); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Harrison (approx. 0.6 miles away); Freedom Fighters (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Park Headquarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named First Park Headquarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Harrison Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a picture of a land mine or "torpedo". On the right is a photo with the caption, "After the famous "Crater" explosion at Petersburg, both sides feared similar mining operations would occur in the Richmond defenses. Fort Johnson's deep ditch was a preventative measure."
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled "Confederate Bulwark" (Submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 833 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.