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

The Petersburg Railroad

 
 
The Petersburg Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. The Petersburg Railroad Marker
Inscription. The Petersburg Railroad, sometimes called the Weldon Railroad, united Petersburg with Weldon, North Carolina. It was one of the first railroads in America, beginning operations in 1833. It carried vast amounts of cargo and passengers to and from Petersburg before and during the Civil War, prompting General Grant to make its capture one of his chief objectives during his assault on the city in the summer of 1864. These iron rails were ploughed up in 1981 two miles southwest of this point by Lewis Walker, III, who donated them to the college. They were probably thrown aside at the time they were replaced by steel rails in the 1870ís.
 
Location. 37° 9.361′ N, 77° 23.96′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Johnson Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Richard Bland College, in front of Ernst Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11301 Johnson Road, 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. Hagoodís Brigade (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fight for the Weldon Railroad (approx. 1.2 miles away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Fourth Offensive
Marker at Richard Bland College image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Marker at Richard Bland College
The Weldon Railroad Exhibit is located at Richard Bland College. It was developed by retired Professor William D. Henderson.
(approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Wadsworth (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Hays (approx. 2 miles away); Fort Conahey (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fort Davis (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Davis (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .  Weldon Railroad. (Submitted on May 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,440 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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