Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
One of the Union soldiers assigned to this task recalled: “Covering about three acres of ground, it is capable of holding a brigade…. In building our fort, we dug a trench twenty feet wide and ten feet deep, and threw up the rampart on the inside. The fort was made square with a diagonal through it. We had a magazine in it, and two wells were dug for a water supply…it took eight men to get one shovelful of dirt from the bottom of the ditch to the top of the
One July 11, while sitting nearby with the surgeon of the 39th Massachusetts Infantry, Col. P. Stearns Davis of the same unit was mortally wounded by a piece of exploding artillery shell. The fort was then renamed in his honor.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists.
Location. 37° 11.553′ N, 77° 22.555′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Flank Road and Crater Road (Highway 301), on the right when traveling south on Flank Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, 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. A different marker also named Fort Davis (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. George W. Gowen Monument (approx. ¾ mile away); Lincoln In Petersburg (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pennsylvania Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Hays (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Men and Boys of Petersburg (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battery 31 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Joshua L. Chamberlain Promoted “On The Spot” (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
More about this marker. A drawing on the lower left shows a "Fatigue party at Fort Davis." A map on the right side shows other nearby fortifications used in the siege of Petersburg along with an engineering diagram of Fort Davis.
Also see . . . The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on November 28, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,869 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on February 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. Photos: 1. submitted on November 18, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2. submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on November 18, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 4. submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.