Infantry Earthworks

Infantry Earthworks (HM4BV)

Location: Fort Lee, VA 23801 Prince George County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.96', W 77° 21.27'

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"Attacking entrenchments has been tried so often and with such fearful losses that even the stupidest private now knows that it cannot succeed, and the natural consequence follows; the men will not try it. The very sight of a bank of earth brings them to a dead halt."
- Col. Charles Wainwright, USA, June 18, 1864

Re-created here are samples of some of the infantry earthworks that ringed Petersburg - works that one man said made the landscape resemble "an immense prairie dog village."

As the siege wore on, assaults against entrenched positions became rare. Most of the pitched battles at Petersburg took place beyond the flanks of the armies, as the Federals inexorably pushed westward to cut the rail lines and roads into the city.
HM NumberHM4BV
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 2:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291130 N 4123280
Decimal Degrees37.23266667, -77.35450000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.96', W 77° 21.27'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 57.60" N, 77° 21' 16.20" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 113 Siege Rd, Fort Lee VA 23801, US
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