Near Chester in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Dueled with Union Gunboats
The fort mounted two 20-pounder Parrott guns, two 7-inch Brooke rifles, two 8-inch smoothbore Columbiads, and two 10-inch coastal mortars. Battery Dantzler dueled daily with Union gunboats and land batteries until April 2, 1865, when its garrison abandoned it to march westward with Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The march ended a week later at Appomattox Court House.
The construction of Battery Dantzler began on May 18, 1864. Two 20-pounder Parrott guns captured on May 16 at the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff were among the first artillery pieces placed here.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 21.486′ N, 77° 23.532′ W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker is on Battery Dantzler Road 0.2 miles east of Old Stage Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Olin Miller Dantzler (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battery Dantzler (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Trent’s Reach (about 500 feet away); Dutch Gap Conservation Area The Siege of Petersburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battery Dantzler (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Howlett Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); Parker’s Battery (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of "Col. Olin Miller Dantzler - Courtesy Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center St. Mathews, S.C."
On the upper center is a sketch of "Battery Dantzler in action. Harper’s Weekly illustration – Library of Congress."
On the lower center is a map showing Battery Dantzler's position at the north end of the Howlett Line.
On the lower right is a photo of "Battery Dantzler - Courtesy Library of Congress."
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler. Chesterfield County (Submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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