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Fight for the Weldon Railroad

 
 
Fight for the Weldon Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
1. Fight for the Weldon Railroad Marker
Inscription. After failing to bludgeon his way into Petersburg in June and July, Grant decided to strangle the city instead. His plan: cut the railroads into Petersburg - cut the Confederate's lifelines.

On August 18, Maj. Gen. Gouverneur Warren's Union Fifth Corps seized the Petersburg & Weldon Railroad here near Globe Tavern. The Confederates retaliated, but after three days of fighting, the Union grip on the railroad remained unshaken.
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 10.031′ N, 77° 24.977′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Halifax Road (County Route 604) and Flank Road (County Route 676), on the right when traveling south on Halifax Road. Touch for map. Located in the Fort Wadsworth unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive (here, next to this marker); Fort Wadsworth (here, next to this marker); Hagood’s Brigade (about 300 feet away,
Close up of the Battle Maps image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
2. Close up of the Battle Maps
measured in a direct line); The Petersburg Railroad (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Conahey (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Hays (approx. 2.1 miles away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fifth Offensive (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Largest Fort (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. In the main section of the marker is a painting of the action around Globe Tavern. The Federals (facing north) fought from earthworks on August 21. The works shown here stood just a few yards south of (behind) you. The Buck House, on the left of the painting, was dismantled during the construction of Fort Wadsworth a few weeks later.

Beside two maps is a description of the fighting which took place around Globe Tavern. August 19: Confederates under Maj. Gen. William Mahone demolished Warren's right - east of the railroad - and captured 2,500 Federals. Only timely reinforcements prevented Union disaster.

Two days later, after Warren had pulled back and entrenched around Globe Tavern, the Confederates attacked again. This time the
Markers at the Fort Wadsworth Parking Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
3. Markers at the Fort Wadsworth Parking Area
Federals repulsed them easily - and bloodily.


At the bottom of the marker is a time line of the Petersburg siege.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Oliva Cayer, Congressional Medal of Honor
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle for the Weldon Railroad. Brief summary of the operations to gain the Weldon Railroad in August 1864. (Submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Weldon Railroad Battles. National Park Service page detailing the action. (Submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Globe Tavern Location image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2008
4. Globe Tavern Location
Looking south down Halifax Road, about a half mile south of Fort Wadsworth. The tavern was torn down after the war. It stood along the Weldon Railroad at the time, which originally ran parallel to Halifax Road (the railroad has since shifted further to the east). During the August 21 fighting, Griffin's Division of Warren's Corps occupied earthworks on the west (right) side of the road through this sector.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,116 times since then and 83 times this year. Last updated on November 16, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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