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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.
Photographed 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 Parkerís Battery took up its position here on June 17, 1864, the earthen fortifications had become a critical part of Richmondís defenses.

Confederate 7 inch double banded Brooke Rifle inside Battery Dantzler, 1865. The fortís well-preserved earthworks are part of Chesterfield Countyís park system.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1862.
 
Location. 37° 20.964′ 
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N, 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 Parkerís 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); Parkerís Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Parkerís 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); Battery Dantzler (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old Marker At This Location also titled "Howlett Line".
 
Also see . . .  Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on June 27, 2013.)
 
Howlett Line Map image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2013
2. Howlett Line Map
Howlett Line Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2013
3. Howlett Line Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 944 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2013, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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