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Richmond National Battlefield Park - Fort Harrison - Richmond, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member gparkes
N 37° 25.668 W 077° 22.360
18S E 290061 N 4144974
Quick Description: Fort Harrison was re-named Fort Burrham, after a fallen General who died taking the fort.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/16/2010 1:39:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM992Y
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 4

Long Description:

The National Parks Service website says of Fort Harrison:

Fort Harrison was key to General Butler's plan of attack. It represented the strongest point on the Confederate line of defenses. From it, one could see all the way to the James River. However, in 1864 most of the Confederate forces were in Petersburg and here the Confederate defenders numbered barely 200. Their guns were mostly so poor as to be scorned by the main field artillery. The Union attack pierced the fort quickly, with relatively few casualties. Had the Union attacks on the rest of the Confederate line succeeded as well as at New Market Heights and Fort Harrison, the overall military significance would have been greater.

On September 30, Robert E. Lee personally organized a major effort to recapture the lost fort. His attack also lacked coordination, and the well prepared Union defenders-some of them armed with multiple shot weapons crushed the Confederate effort and inflicted great loss on the attackers. The victors abolished the Confederate title for the fort and renamed it Fort Burnham after the Union general killed in the attack of September 29.

Additionally, the Civil War Traveler writes this on their website:

Confederate fortifications guarding Richmond were attacked with some success here in September 1864. This park unit highlights the role of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) in this and other attacks in the neighborhood. Visitor center open seasonally.

Fort Harrison is open throughout the summer months, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. It is also open during the weekends of the Spring and Fall. A ranger is on site to give information and context to the site as well as the string of defenses on might see in the area.

Type of site: Battlefield

8621 Battlefield Park Road
Richmond, VA USA

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Phone Number: Not listed

Driving Directions: Not listed

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