Dictator (HM46S)

Location: Fort Lee, VA 23801 Prince George County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 14.811', W 77° 21.392'

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Sept. 1864: "?the enemy frequently shoot very large shells into Petersburg & do some damage to buildings, but the people are getting used to it, so they don't mind them?."
- A.I.P. Varin 2nd Mississippi

Famous but militarily ineffective, the "Dictator" fired on Petersburg from this spot during July, August, and September 1864.

The Dictator was a 13-inch seacoast mortar similar to the one in front of you. It was the largest gun used during the siege and could lob a 225-pound explosive shell more than two miles. During its service in the siege lines, the Dictator fired 218 rounds at Petersburg and its defenses.
HM NumberHM46S
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 4:33am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 290988 N 4124859
Decimal Degrees37.24685000, -77.35653333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.811', W 77° 21.392'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 48.66" N, 77° 21' 23.52" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-299 Early Ct, Fort Lee VA 23801, US
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