Howlett Line

Howlett Line (HM1944)

Location: Chester, VA 23836 Chesterfield County
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N 37° 20.964', W 77° 23.664'

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Richmond National Battlefield Park

These earthworks are part of the Confederate defensive position known as the Howlett Line. It was a string of interconnected redoubts and entrenchments that stretched for eight miles. The line took its name from the Howlett House located at its northern end near Battery Dantzler. Forts housing large-caliber guns anchored the line on the James River to the north and the Appomattox River to the south. The Howlett Line played a critical role in defending the southeastern approaches to Richmond and northeastern approaches to Petersburg.

When Parker's Battery took up its position here on June 17, 1864, the earthen fortifications had become a critical part of Richmond's defenses.

Confederate 7 inch double banded Brooke Rifle inside Battery Dantzler, 1865. The fort's well-preserved earthworks are part of Chesterfield County's park system.
HM NumberHM1944
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 2:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 287918 N 4136322
Decimal Degrees37.34940000, -77.39440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 20.964', W 77° 23.664'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 20' 57.84" N, 77° 23' 39.84" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1801 Ware Bottom Spring Rd, Chester VA 23836, US
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