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Fort Stedman

 
 
Fort Stedman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Fort Stedman Marker
Inscription. In the last grand offensive movement of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, Fort Stedman, with adjacent works, was captured at 4:30 A.M., March 25, 1865, by a well selected body of Confederates, under the command of General John B. Gordon.

An advance was made with great determination, over the broken Union lines, then through the ravine, and up the rising ground to the eastward, for the purpose of cutting the U.S. Military R.R. and thus make successful the Confederate plan of severing the Army of the Potomac and destroying its base of supplies at City Point.

This movement was checked and the direct assault in the recapture of these embattlements, was made by the Third Division Ninth Corps Army of the Potomac, in whose memory this tablet is erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Erected by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 37° 13.888′ N, 77° 22.189′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Siege Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in Petersburg National Battlefield on the Auto Tour Road at Tour Stop 5. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Stedman
Marker at Fort Stedman image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Marker at Fort Stedman
Gen. John B. Gordon led the Confederate attack on Fort Stedman on the night of March 25, 1865. Although initially successful, the Confederate charge became disorganized and was ultimately turned back.
(a few steps from this marker); A Final Effort (within shouting distance of this marker); Siege of Petersburg—Lee Strikes Back (within shouting distance of this marker); Colquitt’s Salient Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hare House Site (about 500 feet away); Prince George Court House Road (about 500 feet away); Wasted Valor (about 700 feet away); First Maine Heavy Artillery Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Stedman. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Fort Stedman (Final Phase). The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cannon at Fort Stedman image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Cannon at Fort Stedman
When the Confederates took Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865, the cannons in the fort were turned on other nearby Union batteries.
City Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2008
4. City Point
The Union supply base at City Point was one of the objectives of the attack on Fort Stedman.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,462 times since then and 76 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week March 22, 2015. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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