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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Colonial Heights, Virginia

Clickable Map of Chesterfield County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Chesterfield County, VA (230) Amelia County, VA (44) Charles City County, VA (76) Colonial Heights Ind. City, VA (24) Dinwiddie County, VA (157) Goochland County, VA (37) Henrico County, VA (344) Hopewell Ind. City, VA (65) Petersburg Ind. City, VA (154) Powhatan County, VA (30) Prince George County, VA (60) Richmond Ind. City, VA (564)  ChesterfieldCounty(230) Chesterfield County (230)  AmeliaCounty(44) Amelia County (44)  CharlesCityCounty(76) Charles City County (76)  (24) Colonial Heights (24)  DinwiddieCounty(157) Dinwiddie County (157)  GoochlandCounty(37) Goochland County (37)  HenricoCounty(344) Henrico County (344)  (65) Hopewell (65)  (154) Petersburg (154)  PowhatanCounty(30) Powhatan County (30)  PrinceGeorgeCounty(60) Prince George County (60)  Richmond(564) Richmond (564)
Chesterfield is the county seat for Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights is in Chesterfield County
      Chesterfield County (230)  
      Amelia County (44)  
      Charles City County (76)  
      Colonial Heights (24)  
      Dinwiddie County (157)  
      Goochland County (37)  
      Henrico County (344)  
      Hopewell (65)  
      Petersburg (154)  
      Powhatan County (30)  
      Prince George County (60)  
      Richmond (564)  
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1 Virginia, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights — S-24 — Advance on Petersburg
Elements of the Union Army of the James, led by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, landed at Bermuda Hundred on 5 May 1864 to cut the Confederate rail and supply lines between Richmond and Petersburg. On 9 May, Butler sent divisions to Port Walthall . . . Map (db m17121) HM
2 Virginia, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights — Howlett Line Park
Following the Battle of Ware Bottom Church on May 20, 1864, Confederate forces began digging the earthworks that would become known as the Howlett Line. Named after the Howlett house, which stood at the northernmost point, the line stretched across . . . Map (db m16096) HM
3 Virginia, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights — S-36 — Redwater Creek Engagement
While Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James entrenched at Bermuda Hundred on 11 May 1864, Confederate Maj. Gen. Robert F. Hoke led parts of two divisions north from Petersburg to unite with Maj. Gen. Robert Ransom's division near . . . Map (db m17123) HM
4 Virginia, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights — S-20 — Union Army Railroad Raids
On 5 May 1864, leading elements of Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James disembarked off transports at Bermuda Hundred, located to the north of here. The next day this army began severing telegraph lines and nearby portions of the . . . Map (db m17120) HM
5 Virginia, Colonial Heights — S-31 — "Brave to Madness"
Nearby on 9 May 1864, Brig. Gen. Johnson Hagood's South Carolina Brigade attacked advancing elements of the Union X and XVIII Corps. As they 11th S.C. Infantry Regiment engaged the Federals across Swift Creek near Arrowfield Church, the 21st and . . . Map (db m14624) HM
6 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Chesterfield Highlands Historic District(est. 1916) — City of Colonial Heights, Virginia, incorporated 1948 —
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m180154) HM
7 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Colonial Heights War Memorial
Dedicated in memory of the men of Colonial Heights who gave their lives in the service of their country World War II 1941 ··· 1945 Sponsored by Colonial Heights Post No. 284 The American Legion Percy M. Adkins . . . Map (db m57276) WM
8 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Confederate Fortification
This Fortification was part of a line of Confederate earthworks that guarded Swift Creek and the western approaches to Fort Clifton on the Appomattox River. It was probably constructed in response to Federal threats during Butler’s Bermuda Hundred . . . Map (db m173115) HM
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9 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Conjurer's Field Prehistoric Native American Village
The name “Conjurer's Field” was associated with this site as early as 1635, when a land patent containing this reference was issued. Tradition has it that long ago, a Native American "conjurer,’ or priestly magician-healer, settled here . . . Map (db m103889) HM
10 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Dunlop Station"…burning cartridges like shooting stars" Reported unreadable
Dunlop Station on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad was located here on the southern boundary of David Dunlop's Ellerslie estate. During the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865, a military rail spur was completed in March 1865 that . . . Map (db m14636) HM
11 Virginia, Colonial Heights — S-34 — Dunlop's Station
At the nearby junction of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad and the Confederate military spur line to Ettrick, stood Dunlop's Station, a Confederate telegraph post and supply depot. During the siege of Petersburg, southbound passengers were . . . Map (db m14637) HM
12 Virginia, Colonial Heights — S-35 — Electric Railway
Located here was Stop 54 on the electric interurban railway line between Richmond and Petersburg. Opened in 1902 by the Virginia Passenger and Power Co., the line crossed Swift Creek on a steel truss bridge and followed Ashby Avenue to its . . . Map (db m1993) HM
13 Virginia, Colonial Heights — EllerslieBeauregard’s Headquarters
In 1864, Ellerslie stood in the middle of the Confederate defense line along Swift Creek. On May 9-10, Confederate Gens. Johnson Hagood and Bushrod Johnson, with 4,200 men, contested the advance of a much larger Federal force, composed of . . . Map (db m48440) HM
14 Virginia, Colonial Heights — S-32 — Ellerslie
In 1839, David Dunlop and his wife, Anna Mercer Minge, a niece of President William Henry Harrison, acquired the Ellerslie tract. Robert Young designed the castellated Gothic Revival mansion for Dunlop in 1856, and construction began the next year. . . . Map (db m17078) HM
15 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Fort CliftonGuardian of the Appomattox
Confederate Fort Clifton guarded the Appomattox River and helped protect Petersburg in 1864-1865. The three earthworks that comprised the fort’s batteries still stand on the bluffs along the river. Artillerists and militiamen garrisoned the position . . . Map (db m17074) HM
16 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Fort CliftonA stronghold that was never taken
Fort Clifton, constructed between 1862 and 1864, helped protect the city of Petersburg from Union gunboats. Its high elevation and well-placed gun embrasures made Fort Clifton a stronghold that was never taken by Union forces until it was abandoned . . . Map (db m17075) HM
17 Virginia, Colonial Heights — S-33 — Fort Clifton
A short distance east on the Appomattox River stands Confederate Fort Clifton, an important fortification that guarded Petersburg against Union naval attack during the Civil War. On 9 May 1864, Federal gunboats commanded by Maj. Gen. Charles K. . . . Map (db m173116) HM
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18 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Headquarters of Gen. R.E. Lee
Headquarters of Gen. R.E. Lee June 1864 - Sept. 1864.Map (db m175802) WM
19 Virginia, Colonial Heights — S-26 — Lafayette At Petersburg
From this hill Lafayette, on May 10, 1781, shelled the British in Petersburg.Map (db m14638) HM
20 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Lafayette's Headquarters
Headquarters of General Lafayette 1781Map (db m176627) HM WM
21 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Lee at Violet BankSiege Headquarters Reported permanently removed
Lt. Col. Walter H. Taylor, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s aide, established Lee’s headquarters here at Violet Bank on June 17, 1864, at the beginning of the siege of Petersburg. The city, protected by Confederate defensive works to the east and . . . Map (db m17069) HM
22 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Lee at Violet BankSiege Headquarters
This house, now so peaceful in its setting, was a bustling headquarters in 1864, surrounded by tents, with couriers, officers, and aides constantly coming and going. Lt. Col. Walter H. Taylor, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's aide, established . . . Map (db m175803) HM
23 Virginia, Colonial Heights — S-27 — Lee's Headquarters
Lee's headquarters from the latter part of June, 1864 to September, 1864 were here.Map (db m14639) HM
24 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Magnolia AcuminataCommonly called "Cucumber Tree"
One legend says that Thomas Shore, the owner of Violet Bank, planted this tree from a slip given to him by Thomas Jefferson. General Robert E. Lee was camped here on the morning of July 30, 1864 and heard the explosion of the Crater.Map (db m17070) HM
25 Virginia, Colonial Heights — S-91 — The Brick House At Conjurer's Neck
Conjurer's Neck, located on this peninsula formed by Swift Creek and the Appomattox River, was occupied by Native Americans as early as 1000-3000 BC. This general area supported a substantial Appamattuck Indian settlement by AD 1600. Richard Kennon, . . . Map (db m103876) HM
26 Virginia, Colonial Heights — The Old Brick (Kennon) House
A prosperous Bermuda Hundred merchant, Richard Kennon was in Virginia prior to 1670 and represented Henrico County several times in the House of Burgesses. Kennon married Elizabeth Worsham in 1675 and settled here on Conjurer's Neck after . . . Map (db m103890) HM
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27 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the honor of those who have served to preserve the freedom of our flagMap (db m175804) WM
28 Virginia, Colonial Heights — Violet Bank
The present building was built around 1815 as it is the domestic architecture of the federal period. There are two theories concerning the origin of the name "Violet Bank". (1) Because of the thousands of violets that covered the hillside. . . . Map (db m17065) HM
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Feb. 26, 2024