The Breakthrough

The Breakthrough (HM1ONU)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803 Dinwiddie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 11.033', W 77° 28.283'

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Colonel Olcott and his regiment crossed the entrenchments about 350 yards to the northeast of this position (to your right) during their attack on April 2, 1865. His experience was similar to that of the Vermont troops who fought
on this ground: "When the order to advance was given the regiment moved rapidly forward maintaining a good line until within about 200 yards of the enemy's works, when the second line was moved a short distance by the left flank and then forward again. This, together with the darkness and the character of the ground, divided the regiment somewhat, most of the men with the colors entering the works farther to the right than intended." Olcott survived the assault and was mustered out of service in June 1865.

Colonel Egbert Olcott
121st New York Inf, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division (Wheaton), Sixth Corps
Resident: Albany, New York
Enlisted: September 1861
Year Placed2015
Placed ByPamplin Historical Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 5:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280618 N 4118132
Decimal Degrees37.18388333, -77.47138333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 11.033', W 77° 28.283'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 11' 1.98" N, 77° 28' 16.98" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6411 Duncan Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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