Enon in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Bermuda Hundred Campaign-Federal Leaders
The Bermuda Hundred Campaign
Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler
Butler was a lawyer and Massachusetts Congressman prior to the war. In May of 1862 he commanded the troops that entered New Orleans after that city surrendered to the Federal navy. While success on the battlefield eluded him, he was widely regarded as a brilliant administrator. By 1864 he had become a strong supporter of the use of African-American soldiers to put down the rebellion and had more regiments of United States Colored Troops under his command
Gen. William F. Smith
William F. “Baldy” Smith graduated near the top of his class at West Point in 1845. He was one of several generals who had fallen out of favor in Washington after the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. In 1863 he was assigned to duty as chief engineer in the Army of The Cumberland where his skills impressed Grant. Smith came east with Grant in 1864 with the thought that he was going to command the Army of the James. Smith's subordination to Butler when he expected higher command created problems between them.
Maj Gen. Quincy Gillmore
Maj. General Quincy Gillmore graduated from West Point in 1849 at the head of his class. He had spent most of 1863 in South Carolina laying siege to Charleston. When he was assigned to Butler he moved his 10th Corps very slowly to Virginia. This perceived “foot dragging” did not win him any favors with Butler. They began to feud almost immediately.
Ulysses S. Grant Commander of all Federal Forces (Library of Congress)
This sign was sponsored by Sandra Brown, Peabody, MA
Erected 2014 by Chesterfield County and the Blue & Gray Education Society.
Location. 37° 19.31′ N, 77° 21.33′ W. Marker is in Enon, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from Enon Church Road (Virginia Route 746) west of Bermuda Orchard Lane, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Point of Rocks Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Enon Church Road, Chester VA 23836, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bermuda Hundred Campaign Begins (here, next to this marker); Confederate Leaders (here, next to this marker); Welcome to R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks (a few steps from this marker); Point of Rocks (a few steps from this marker); Actions in the East 1861-1863 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Federal War Plans for 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Opening Actions of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grant's Virginia Campaigns (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Enon.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 301 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 25, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.