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

Howlett Line

Richmond National Battlefield Park

 
 
Howlett Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2013
1. Howlett Line Marker
Inscription.  These earthworks are part of the Confederate defensive position known as the Howlett Line. It was a string of interconnected redoubts and entrenchments that stretched for eight miles. The line took its name from the Howlett House located at its northern end near Battery Dantzler. Forts housing large-caliber guns anchored the line on the James River to the north and the Appomattox River to the south. The Howlett Line played a critical role in defending the southeastern approaches to Richmond and northeastern approaches to Petersburg.

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When Parker’s Battery took up its position here on June 17, 1864, the earthen fortifications had become a critical part of Richmond’s defenses.

Confederate 7 inch double banded Brooke Rifle inside Battery Dantzler, 1865. The fort’s well-preserved earthworks are part of Chesterfield County’s park system.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 20.964′ N,
Howlett Line Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2013
2. Howlett Line Map
77° 23.664′ W. Marker is in Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Ware Bottom Spring Road 0.1 miles east of Old Stage Road, on the right when traveling east. Located within the Parker’s Battery Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 Ware Bottom Spring Road, Chester VA 23836, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Howlett Line (here, next to this marker); The Boy Company (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Boy Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Richmond Battlefields (within shouting distance of this marker); Parker’s Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Parker's Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Parker's Battery (about 400 feet away); Remembrance (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on June 27, 2013.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Howlett Line" (Submitted on June 27, 2013.) 
 
Howlett Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2013
3. Howlett Line Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 692 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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