Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fight for the Weldon Railroad
On August 18, Maj. Gen. Gouverneur Warren's Union Fifth Corps seized the Petersburg & Weldon Railroad here near Globe Tavern. The Confederates retaliated, but after three days of fighting, the Union grip on the railroad remained unshaken.
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° 10.031′ N, 77° 24.977′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Halifax Road (County Route 604) and Flank Road (County Route 676), on the right when traveling south on Halifax Road. Located in the Fort Wadsworth unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive (here, next to this marker); Fort Wadsworth (here, next to this marker); Hagood’s Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Petersburg Railroad (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Conahey (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Hays (approx. 2.1 miles away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Largest Fort (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
More about this marker. In the main section of the marker is a painting of the action around Globe Tavern. The Federals (facing north) fought from earthworks on August 21. The works shown here stood just a few yards south of (behind) you. The Buck House, on the left of the painting, was dismantled during the construction of Fort Wadsworth a few weeks later.
Beside two maps is a description of the fighting which took place around Globe Tavern. August 19: Confederates under Maj. Gen. William Mahone demolished Warren's right - east of the railroad - and captured 2,500 Federals. Only timely reinforcements prevented Union disaster.
Two days later, after Warren had pulled back and entrenched around Globe Tavern, the Confederates attacked again. This time the Federals repulsed them easily - and bloodily.
At the bottom of the marker is a time line of the Petersburg siege.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Oliva Cayer, Congressional Medal of Honor
Also see . . .
1. Battle for the Weldon Railroad. Brief summary of the operations to gain the Weldon Railroad in August 1864. (Submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Weldon Railroad Battles. National Park Service page detailing the action. (Submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,343 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on November 16, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.