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

Confederate Counterattack

 
 
Confederate Counterattack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
1. Confederate Counterattack Marker
Inscription. General Robert E. Lee deplored the loss of Fort Harrison and made immediate efforts to recapture it. Lee himself accompanied a large body of reinforcements from Petersburg on September 29. The next afternoon he threw five veteran brigades, numbering 5,000 men, into an attack against Fort Harrison. Union infantrymen stood here with little protection, not having had time to build substantial entrenchments or to enclose the old Confederate fort. But superior weaponry and and outstanding field of fire across the treeless plain to their front gave the advantage to the defenders. Disjointed Confederate attacks ended disastrously, with over 1,000 casualties. Fort Harrison stayed in Union hands for the rest of the war.

Five years later a battlefield visitor explained the fate of many Confederates killed on September 30, 1864:
"We saw in a small field northwest of the fort...about 50, or more, bodies—or, the bones of bodies...and in the adjacent bushes were four times the number...the tenant of the land has gathered up two large piles of the bones and burnt them to ashes."
Richmond Dispatch, April 8, 1869

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Artist William Waud made this sketch while the Confederate counterattack was underway. In the days following this attack, the Confederates steadily shelled the Union defenders
Low breastworks in front of the Confederate Counterattack marker image. Click for full size.
By Shawn Oliver, July 1, 2015
2. Low breastworks in front of the Confederate Counterattack marker
of Fort Burnham while both armies built new lines.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park.
 
Location. 37° 25.653′ N, 77° 22.377′ 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 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. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Harrison Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); A Unique Photograph (within shouting distance of this marker); First Park Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named First Park Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom Fighters (within shouting distance of this marker); Counterattack (within shouting distance of this marker); Surprise Attack (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Harrison (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 "Counterattack" (see nearby markers)
 
Also see . . .  Fort Harrison. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on July 15, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
 
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 179 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2015, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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