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

The Killing Fields

 
 
The Killing Fields Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
1. The Killing Fields Marker
Inscription. Approaching from the James River, Union soldiers of Stannard's division suffered their greatest loss in crossing the open ground behind you. Confederate cannon along this wall delivered mighty blasts that knocked horrible holes in the attacking formations. But once they reached here, survivors used the slopes for protection before climbing up and over Fort Harrison's wall.

After the attack, killed and wounded soldiers covered the ground between the camera and the fort. By the time this photograph was taken, Federal soldiers had already begun to demolish the old Confederate wall—the wall that the Federals assaulted was almost twice as tall as seen today.

"The men nobly responded to their officers' call and pour over the edge of the ditch into the dry moat, and then, scrambling up the bank, some on hands and knees, some stepping on their bayonets thrust into the clay, some on each other's shoulders, the blue column mounts the parapet, lingers a moment in a fierce blaze of musketry on its crest, and finally, overflowing all barriers, pushes across the parade ground." William S. Hubbell, 21st Connecticut Infantry
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.551′ N, 77° 
Surviving portion of the Confederate wall at Fort Harrison image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
2. Surviving portion of the Confederate wall at Fort Harrison
22.346′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road 0.2 miles from Picnic Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located along the -mile spur trail and can be accessed by hiking the main trail at the Fort Harrison unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8621 Battlefield Park Road, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Entrenchments (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Trenches (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Big Guns Spoke" (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproof (within shouting distance of this marker); Surprise Attack (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building Fort Burnham (about 400 feet away); Well (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled, "Braving the Fire" (see nearby markers)
 
Also see . . .  Richmond National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on July 6, 2015.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Confederate artillery piece at Fort Harrison image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
3. Confederate artillery piece at Fort Harrison
Marker indicating the location of the spur trail at Fort Harrison image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
4. Marker indicating the location of the spur trail at Fort Harrison
The "Grant Under Fire" marker can be seen in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 167 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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