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

Hopeless Attacks

 
 
Hopeless Attacks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
1. Hopeless Attacks Marker
Inscription.  "It was a most mad enterprise, but it was ordered...It was the hottest musketry fire I was ever in. Our regiment melted under it. And we fell back sullenly-we were too exhausted and too proud to run!" Elliott Grabill, 5th United States Colored Troops

"Those fellows fought well, sir. They came up at a double quick, with their guns at a right shoulder shift, and leaped into the ditch. Then they began to assist one another up the parapet and...many of them were shot down upon the edge." Unidentified Confederate artillerist in Richmond Whig
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansForts and CastlesWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 29, 1864.
 
Location. 37° 26.821′ N, 77° 22.808′ W. Marker is in Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road, 0.3 miles north of Mill 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Gilmer (here, next to this marker);
Attacks on Fort Gilmer image. Click for full size.
2. Attacks on Fort Gilmer
The circled numbers (1-5) on the map represent the sequence of piecemeal Union attacks on September 29, 1864.
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Richmond Defences (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Fort Gilmer (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop (approx. ¾ mile away); Fort Johnson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Advancing On Richmond (approx. 0.8 miles away); Henrico Parish Church (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. On the right is drawing with the caption, "The Union attackers had no advantages here. Confederates cut down all trees, providing a deadly field of fire for their artillery and infantry."
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old Marker At This Location also titled "Black Troops Attack at Chaffin’s Farm".
 
Also see . . .  Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on July 12, 2010.)
 
Fort Gilmer image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, July 10, 2010
3. Fort Gilmer
Section of Fort Gilmer near the Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
4. Section of Fort Gilmer near the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 847 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Jun. 30, 2022