"A Splendid Charge"

"A Splendid Charge" (HM4BL)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.959', W 77° 21.284'

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Here at Petersburg on June 15, 1864, African-American troops recorded their first major success of the war in Virginia.

"They made a splendid charge?and won great favor in the eyes of white soldiers by their courage and bravery."
- Wilbur Fiske, 2nd Vermont Infantry June 19, 1864

After the capture of Battery 5, some of the 3,500 black troops swept southward, routing Confederates before them. At dusk, they charged on Battery 9 and swarmed over the works. During two hours of fighting on the Dimmock Line that evening, the U.S. Colored Troops (official designation) captured dozens of Confederates and six cannons.
HM NumberHM4BL
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 3:47am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291109 N 4123279
Decimal Degrees37.23265000, -77.35473333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.959', W 77° 21.284'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 57.54" N, 77° 21' 17.04" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 55-99 Siege Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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