Near Fort Lee in Prince George County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
T.M. Blythe 50th N.Y. Engineers
This quiet wood was once a busy encampment. Here, during the winter of 1864-65, Union soldiers fought not Confederates, but boredom and toil. They drilled, they primped their huts, they read mail and newspapers, they played, and they waited – for their turn in the trenches (a dangerous assignment) or the call to battle.
That call to battle came only three times to the Pennsylvanians camped near here. On one of these – the morning of March 25, 1865 – they rushed from these camps to resist the Confederate breakthrough at Fort Stedman, one mile to the west (to your left).
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is March 25, 1846.
Location. 37° 13.954′ N, 77° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee VA 23801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Infantry Earthworks (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Colored Troops (a few steps from this marker); “A Splendid Charge” (a few steps from this marker); Battery 8 of the Dimmock Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); The United States Military Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dividing Point (approx. half a mile away); Site of U.S. Military Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Fort Gregg-Adams' Oldest Building (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a winter encampment of the Union IX Corps.
Also see . . .
1. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. The Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,098 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.