The Largest Fort

The Largest Fort (HM4WI)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.454', W 77° 27.218'

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Fort Fisher was the largest of the more than 30 forts that studded the Union siege lines. It included nearly 2,000 feet of parapet and could mount 19 guns. The boom of a single gun in this fort on the morning of April 2, 1865, portended the fall of Petersburg. That solitary shot signaled the opening of the final Union assaults on the city.

"When the signal sounded the entire Corps, notwithstanding the orders to keep silent, sent up a mighty cheer and then dashed forward into the fog."
- Lt. Col. Elisha H. Rhodes, 2nd R.I. April 2, 1865
HM NumberHM4WI
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Department of the Interior
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 9:41am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282166 N 4117020
Decimal Degrees37.17423333, -77.45363333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.454', W 77° 27.218'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 27.24" N, 77° 27' 13.08" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200 Flank Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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