Near Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
"The Big Guns Spoke"
When about halfway across the field ... one of the big guns spoke, and out through the white, woolly smoke that leaped from its throat rushed a group of black balls that looked the size of our modern baseball... and they didn't seem to move much faster... A dozen men yelled "Look out!" The men shied to the left and right, lifting their legs high in (the) air, and, to my utter astonishment, dodged them as easily as if they had been cabbageheads...Three or four later doses of these could be readily seen, but they came too fast to be dodged, and their work was terrible.
Merlin C. Harris
96th New York Infantry
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1865.
Location. 37° 25.577′ N, 77° 22.324′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield 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 Killing Fields (within shouting distance of this marker); Surprise Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Surprise Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Entrenchments (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproof (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fort Parapet (about 300 feet away); Bombproof and Casemate (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
Also see . . . Battlefield Tour - Ft Gilmer to Ft Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on August 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 734 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.