Confederate Fort Gregg

Confederate Fort Gregg (HM4TH)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 11.883', W 77° 27.015'

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"Men, the salvation of Lee's army is in your keeping."
- Maj. Gen. Cadmus Wilcox to the defenders of Fort Gregg, April 2, 1865

On the afternoon of April 2, 1865, after a morning of bludgeoning attacks all along the Petersburg lines, 5,000 Federals swept forward to attack Fort Gregg. The 300 Confederates here twice drove the Federals back, but finally the attackers reached the fort's parapet. For twenty minutes a vicious hand-to-hand battle raged.

At fight's end, the fort belonged to the Federals. Only 44 Confederates survived the battle unscathed. With the fall of Fort Gregg and nearby Fort Whitworth, the Confederates pulled back to their last, innermost line. The two hours gained by Fort Gregg's defenders allowed Lee to evacuate Petersburg safely that night.
HM NumberHM4TH
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282535 N 4119655
Decimal Degrees37.19805000, -77.45025000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 11.883', W 77° 27.015'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 11' 52.98" N, 77° 27' 0.90" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8869-8999 I-85, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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