Confederate Fortifications

Confederate Fortifications (HMADZ)

Location: Richmond, VA 23227
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 36.663', W 77° 27.514'

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These northernmost fortifications along Brook Road operated as an early warning system for Confederate troops defending Richmond. Earthworks designed for artillery, located on each side of the road, blocked sudden enemy advances against the capital. A shallow trench line protecting infantrymen with rifles connected them. If necessary, both soldiers and cannons at this forward position could be withdrawn to the Intermediate Line. The walls, or parapets, of this battery position were originally 8-10 feet high and at least 15 feet thick at the top. The inner face of the wall was supported by pots and heavy logs. The earthworks were constructed in 1862 largely by a black labor force, and were occupied intermittently by Confederate troops until the end of the conflict in 1865.
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 11:25pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 282992 N 4165504
Decimal Degrees37.61105000, -77.45856667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 36.663', W 77° 27.514'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 36' 39.78" N, 77° 27' 30.84" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5890 Brook Rd, Richmond VA 23227, US
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