Near Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Richmond National Battleﬁeld Park 1862-1864
Tour the Battlefield
Among today's suburbs remain traces of Richmond's outer defenses - forts, rifle-pits, the fields where thousands died. Visit sites close by, or use the tour route to follow the entire sequence of attacks and counterattacks.
Each site had its own lethal personality - troops lost in swamps, orders misread, a last-minute bayonet charge. Both sides claimed some victories (with long lists of casualties). Richmond remained unconquered, but the Union Army was able to withdraw still healthy and numerous.
Fort Harrison Area
In late September of 1864 the Federals launched a surprise offensive against Richmond. Fort Harrison and nearby Confederate defenses stood in Grant's path.
From Fort Gilmer to Fort Brady on the James River, Confederate and Union earthworks almost overlap after the series of assaults and artillery duels.
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
Location. This marker Touch for map. Located at the Fort Gilmer stop on the tour of the Richmond Battlefields. 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. Fort Gilmer (here, next to this marker); Hopeless Attacks (here, next to this marker); Richmond Defences (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Gilmer (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Successful Colonial Tobacco Crop (approx. ¾ mile away); Fort Johnson (approx. 0.8 miles away); Advancing On Richmond (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
Regarding Richmond Battlefields. This marker was replaced by a new one named Fort Gilmer (see nearby markers).
Also see . . . Richmond Battlefields. National Park Service site. (Submitted on August 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 559 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.