Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
"There has not been a day nor an hour that out front line has not been in actual combat with the foe. Where can the student find a parallel to this in the warfare of any age or people?"—"John," Union war correspondent
"We only get five little crackers for one day rations. We don't get no meat now but about a twist a week. If that ain't hard times I don't know what hard times is."—Pvt. Francis Marion Poteeet, 49th North Carolina Infantry, CSA
On March 25, 1865, Federals attacked and captured the Confederate picket line to your front in what is known as the Battle of Jones Farm. That success formed the prelude to the massive Union attack across the entire field in front
In recent years the Civil War Trust and the National Park Service have worked to improve access and visibility around Fort Welch. Until 2014, the field in front of you was almost entirely wooded. – Courtesy Civil War Trust
Battle of Peebles' Farm—Union Advance
October 2, 1864
April 2, 1865
Battle of Jones Farm
March 25, 1865
Main Confederate Line
South Side Railroad
Boydton Plank Road
Main Confederate Line
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails and the Civil War Trust.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or Castles • Military • War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 10.369′ N, 77° 27.608′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Church Road (Virginia Route 627) and Flank Road, on the left when Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Church Road, Petersburg VA 23803, 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. A different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Petersburg Battlefields (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Largest Fort (approx. 0.4 miles away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive (approx. 0.4 miles away); A Mysterious Historic Feature (approx. ¾ mile away); “A Great Struggle is Now Impending” (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Conahey (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
More about this marker. Marker is located on the overlook at Union Fort Welch at the end of the walking trail. Fort Welch, along with Forts Gregg, Wheaton, Fisher, Conahey, Urmston, and Battery 27, guarded the left flank of the Union Line.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. 2. submitted on October 19, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.