The Confederate Fortifications

The Confederate Fortifications (HMA0K)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.821', W 77° 28.502'

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The Breakthrough Trail

— Pamplin Historical Park —

The earthen wall in front of you is a part of the main Confederate defense line begun in 1864 and defended until April 2, 1865. You are standing behind the line facing southeast towards the Union positions about one mile away.

When Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant's forces established a toehold on the Petersburg & Weldon Railroad in August 1864, General Robert E. Lee lost his direct communication and supply line to North Carolina. This break in the rails forced the Confederates to off-load supplies at Stony Creek Station, eighteen miles south of Petersburg, and transport them by wagon to Dinwiddie Court House. From there, the Boydton Plank Road (modern U.S. Highway 1) led directly into Petersburg.

In order to protect this new supply line, Lee expanded his defenses eight miles to the southwest parallel to the Boydton Plank Road. The well-preserved fortifications in front of you formed only a part of an extensive defensive network protecting Richmond and Petersburg that by the spring stretched some 45 miles in length.
HM NumberHMA0K
Placed ByPamplin Historical Park
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 11:59am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280283 N 4117748
Decimal Degrees37.18035000, -77.47503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.821', W 77° 28.502'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 49.26" N, 77° 28' 30.12" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6619 Duncan Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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