Dutch Gap

Dutch Gap (HM1NDT)

Location: Richmond, VA 23231 Henrico County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 22.598', W 77° 21.63'

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1611 Sir Thomas Dale and his men, using a tactic developed in the Dutch Low Country, dug a ditch and erected a fence across the neck of the peninsula for the defense of Henricus.

1864 Federal forces under General Benjamin Butler began construction of a canal on the ditch site. This canal would cut off approximately six miles of river travel and protect Federal gunboats from the fire of Confederate land batteries. Federal soldiers labored 144 days under constant fire.

1865 The only remaining barrier to the completion of the canal was a large bulkhead. On January 1, the troops ignited the gun powder buried within it. The bulkhead exploded but the earth came back to rest in the newly dug canal. The project was abandoned.

1871 The U.S. Government completed the dredging of the gap, and opened the canal. The steamship was the first commercial vessel to use the canal.

1930 The Army Corps of Engineers extended the canal to the Virginia Power plant. This created Hatcher's Island and eliminated another large loop in the river.
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Date Added Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 290996 N 4139269
Decimal Degrees37.37663333, -77.36050000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 22.598', W 77° 21.63'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 22' 35.88" N, 77° 21' 37.8" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 111 Henricus Park Rd, Richmond VA 23231, US
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