Digging In

Digging In (HM3O3)

Location: Dewitt, VA 23840 Dinwiddie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 8.357', W 77° 37.41'

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"Hold Five Forks at all hazards?"

Just before noon on April 1, 1865, 10,000 Confederates under Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett arrived here at Five Forks. They immediately started digging and by mid-afternoon had constructed a rough earthwork that extended along the White Oak Road for nearly two miles. You are standing at the center of that Confederate line.

Weary, wet, and hungry, the Confederates waited - aware that if they yielded, nothing would stand between the Federals and the South Side Railroad, the last supply line into Petersburg. Until 4 p.m. the Confederates waited quietly behind the works. Then they saw them: men in blue, advancing astride the Dinwiddie Road. The rattle of musketry soon signaled the opening of the Battle of Five Forks.
HM NumberHM3O3
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 266975 N 4113545
Decimal Degrees37.13928333, -77.62350000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 8.357', W 77° 37.41'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 8' 21.42" N, 77° 37' 24.60" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11224 State Rte 613, Dewitt VA 23840, US
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