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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Joshua L. Chamberlain Promoted “On The Spot”

 
 
Joshua L. Chamberlain Promoted “On The Spot” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 15, 2016
1. Joshua L. Chamberlain Promoted “On The Spot” Marker
Marker was relocated closer to the site of Chamberlain's wounding.
Inscription.  In this vicinity on 18 June 1864 Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain received a near-fatal wound while leading a Union brigade in a charge against Confederate works defending Petersburg. Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant promoted him to Brig. Gen. of Vols. “on the spot” for “gallant conduct.” Chamberlain returned to duty in November and was wounded again in March 1865. On 12 April at Appomattox he commanded the ceremony at which the Army of Northern Virginia formally surrendered its arms. He was governor of Maine from 1867 to 1871 and received the Medal of Honor in 1893.
 
Erected 2014 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number QA-33.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1865.
 
Location. 37° 12.903′ N, 77° 22.518′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Winfield Road (Business U.S. 460
Marker relocated to Winfield Road (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 15, 2016
2. Marker relocated to Winfield Road (facing east)
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) and County Drive, on the right when traveling west on Winfield Road. Touch 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 walking distance of this marker. Mahone’s Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Crater of Mine (approx. ¼ mile away); “A Stupendous Failure” (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. ¼ mile away); The Crater (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Countermine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Second Pennsylvania Veteran Heavy Artillery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Waiting Their Turn (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. This marker was originally located at E South Blvd & Fort Mahone St (37.20607N, 77.38164W). Research by Dr. Dennis Rasbach (Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign) convinced the state of Virginia to relocate the marker 0.7 miles north closer to the actual site of Chamberlain's wounding.
 
Also see . . .  Petersburg National Battlefield - Joshua Chamberlain. National Park Service (Submitted on November 22, 2014.) 
 
Marker relocated to Winfield Road (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 15, 2016
3. Marker relocated to Winfield Road (facing west)
Original location - E South Blvd (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 22, 2014
4. Original location - E South Blvd (facing west)
Original location - E South Blvd (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 22, 2014
5. Original location - E South Blvd (facing east)
Original location - E South Blvd (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 22, 2014
6. Original location - E South Blvd (facing north)
Marker was relocated 0.7 miles farther north.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,119 times since then and 154 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 16, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on November 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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