Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“This fort has cost more labour than any other, has afforded an admirable lesson in engineering, and is one of the sights to show to strangers. Further than this I doubt the value of its elaborateness.”
- Col. Charles Wainwright, USA November 20, 1864
Here, unmolested by Confederate bullets and cannons, Union engineering built the most technically elaborate fort on the Petersburg front. Fort Conahey included two tiers of guns, sturdy wooded casemates, and a unique wooden interior palisade that acted as a traverse. Located a mile from Confederate lines, Conahey rarely came under fire from Confederate cannons and never suffered direct attack.
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1885.
Location. 37° 10.314′ N, 77° 26.757′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Flank Road, on the rightTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, 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. Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Largest Fort (approx. half a mile away); Petersburg Battlefields (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Mysterious Historic Feature (approx. 1½ miles away); “A Great Struggle is Now Impending” (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
More about this marker. The marker is dominated by a war-time photograph with the caption “This photo was taken from the Peebles Farm signal tower, a quarter mile south of here. Fort Conahey is in the center.”
The right side of the marker also contains a picture of “The northern half of the fort, showing the tiered casemates and wooden interior palisade.”
Also see . . .
1. Heritage Documentation Programs. Fort Conahey: Assessment of the Principal Earthworks: The Federal "Fish Hook" Line, Petersburg, VA. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,677 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3. submitted on May 28, 2009, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.