Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Harrison – 1864
Although the Federals are able to overrun Fort Harrison, General Hiram Burnham, commanding the lead brigade is killed. His troops rename the captured earthworks Fort Burnham.
The fall of Fort Harrison on September 29, 1864, forces Lee to bring in more troops and build new entrenchments to stitch up Richmondís weakened line of defense.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 25.608′ N, 77° 22.343′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road, Richmond, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the walking trail of Fort Harrison in the Fort Harrison Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Surprise Attack (here, next to this marker); Grant Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Big Guns Spoke" (within shouting distance of this marker); A Unique Photograph (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Counterattack (about 300 feet away); Confederate Counterattack (about 300 feet away); The Killing Fields (about 300 feet away); Bombproof (about 300 feet away).
More about this marker. The right of the marker features a painting of the Union assault on Fort Harrison. The left of the marker contains a photograph of General Hiram Burnham, for whom the captured fort was renamed.
Regarding Surprise Attack. This marker was replaced by a new one also named Surprise Attack (See nearby markers).
Also see . . .
1. Battlefield Tour - Ft Gilmer to Ft Brady. Richmond National Battlefield Park website. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Fort Harrison. Richmond Battlefields Fort Harrison website. (Submitted on January 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 709 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 6, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.