Near Chester in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The first few weeks along the “Howlett Line” were rather active for the artillerists. While the Union army shifted its attention south to Petersburg, its batteries frequently dueled with their Confederate counterparts in this area. Of particular annoyance to Parkerís men was harassing fire coming from northern sharpshooters concea1ed in Ware Bottom Church, a small wooden building located between the lines. One dark evening, three of Parkerís artillerists crawled out to the church and set fire to it, thus relieving their battery from the deadly fire of the Union riflemen.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 20.964′ N, 77° 23.664′ W. Marker is near Chester, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Ware Bottom Spring Road 0.1 miles east of Old Stage Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is located within the Parkerís Battery Unit of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 Ware Bottom Spring Road, Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Howlett Line ( here, next to this marker); Boy Company ( within shouting distance of this marker); Parkerís Battery ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Parker's Battery ( about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Remembrance ( about 400 feet away); Battery Dantzler ( approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Howlett Line ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Howlett Line Gun Position ( approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of “Major William Watts Parker.” Below the photo
Regarding Howlett Line. This marker was replaced by a new one also named Howlett Line (see nearby markers).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,256 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 2. submitted on September 18, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. 3. submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 4. submitted on February 13, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.