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

A Unique Photograph

 
 
A Unique Photograph Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, July 1, 2015
1. A Unique Photograph Marker
Inscription. On November 28, 1864, photographer T.C. Roche stood atop the Great Traverse, behind you, and took this remarkable photograph. He produced a rare unposed view of Union and Confederate fighting men in the field, seen together while at war.

A Confederate soldier stands atop Fort Beauregard in the distance, in plain sight of pickets from the 7th United States Colored Troops. In the foreground, other members of the regiment relax beside their winter quarters. Just two months earlier the 7th suffered terribly in the failed attack against Fort Gilmer, a mile north of here.

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Confederate soldier stands atop Fort Beauregard
Union picket of the 7th United States Colored Troops
Fort Beauregard
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.631′ N, 77° 22.393′ W. Marker is near Henrico, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from Battlefield Park Road 0.2 miles south of Picnic Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Fort Harrison unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park and can be reached by hiking the 1/5-mile trail at the fort. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8621 Battlefield Park Road, Henrico VA 23231, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Earthworks at Fort Harrison near the "A Unique Photograph" marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, July 1, 2015
2. Earthworks at Fort Harrison near the "A Unique Photograph" marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Counterattack (a few steps from this marker); Confederate Counterattack (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Harrison Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building Fort Burnham (about 300 feet away); Surprise Attack (about 300 feet away); First Park Headquarters (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named First Park Headquarters (about 300 feet away); Freedom Fighters (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Henrico.
 
More about this marker. Confederate Fort Beauregard, which is clearly visible in the photograph on the marker, is not part of Richmond National Battlefield Park and no longer survives.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Harrison. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on July 14, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
View of Fort Harrison looking toward the visitor center image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, July 1, 2015
3. View of Fort Harrison looking toward the visitor center
The "A Unique Photograph" and "Confederate Counterattack" markers are visible in the distance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 235 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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