Near Dinwiddie in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Instead, Crawford’s lines swept westward to the Confederate rear, cutting the main Confederate escape route here along Fords Road. Crawford then pushed across the fields in front of you, toward the rear of the Confederate lines at Five Forks (to your left). His attack spelled doom for Pickett’s command.
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 8.619′ N, 77° 37.4′ W. Marker is near Dinwiddie, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (Route 627), on the right when traveling north. Marker is in the Five Forks Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dinwiddie VA 23841, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least The Battle of Five Forks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Death of Pegram (approx. 0.3 miles away); Digging In (approx. 0.3 miles away); Five Forks Battlefield (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Five Forks (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Advanced...repulsed...charged again..." (approx. 0.6 miles away); Attack on the Angle (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Union Cavalry Attacks (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dinwiddie.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photograph with the caption Captured Confederates after the Battle of Five Forks. This photograph was probably taken at City Point, Virginia.
The marker also contains a battle map on the upper right, which shows the Confederate and Union positions during the battle. It is captioned, After reaching the Confederate rear, Crawford turned south, smashing hastily formed Confederate lines here in Benjamin Boisseau's Field. The Federals pushed all the way to the White Oak Road, where they turned west again. From that point on they overcame sporadic resistance from the remnants of what had been a 10,000-man Confederate force.
Also see . . .
1. Five Forks Unit. Petersburg National Battlefield (Submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Five Forks. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on December 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,357 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3. submitted on August 8, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 4, 5. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.