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Near Henrico in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Richmond Battlefields

Richmond National Battlefield Park 1862-1864

 
 
Richmond Battlefields Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
1. Richmond Battlefields Marker
Inscription. McClellan's Federals attacked in 1862, then Grant in '64, while Joseph E. Johnston and then Robert E. Lee defended. The two major assaults on the Confederate capital fanned out into a series of battles, skirmishes and marches.

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.

The Battles
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
Map of the Fort Harrison Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
2. Map of the Fort Harrison Area
has been replaced by another marker nearby. 37° 26.818′ N, 77° 22.808′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Battlefield Park Road 0.3 miles north of Mill Road, on the right when traveling south. 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. 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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Richmond Battlefields Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 21, 2010
3. Richmond Battlefields Map
 
 
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 555 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 21, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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