Near Chester in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Olin Miller Dantzler
Dantzler and Laurence Keitt
Col. Olin Dantzler and Col. Laurence Keitt grew up near each other in South Carolina and were political rivals. Prior to the war, their disagreements even led to a duel in which Keitt was wounded. Ironically, both men would die
Dantzler and the Hunley
At Charleston, Dantzler was in command of Battery Marshall, where the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley was stationed. The Hunley was lost after sinking the U.S.S. Housatonic on Feb. 17, 1864. It was the first submarine to successfully attack an enemy vessel.
“HEADQUARTERS BATTERY MARSHALL, Sullivanís Island, February 19, 1864.
LIEUTENANT: I have the honor to report that the torpedo boat stationed at this post went out on the night of the 17th instant (Wednesday) and has not yet returned. The signals agreed upon to be given in case the boat wished a light to be exposed at this post as a guide for its return were observed and answeredÖ”
O. M. DANTZLER
This sign was sponsored by The Chester Station Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.
Erected by Sons of Confederate Veterans and Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
Location. 37° 21.492′ 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. Battery 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 Trentís Reach (about 400 feet away); Dutch Gap Conservation Area (approx. 0.3 miles away); 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); Parkerís Battery (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
Regarding Olin Miller Dantzler. On the lower left is a photo of "Col. Laurence M. Keitt Photo- Calhoun County S.C Museum and Cultural Center St. Mathews, S.C."
On the upper right is a photo of "Col. Olin Miller Dantzler Photo- Calhoun County S.C. Museum and Cultural Center St. Mathews, S.C."
On the lower right is a sketch of The H. L. Hunley.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,742 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.