Half-Way House

Half-Way House (HMAGD)

Location: Richmond, VA 23237
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 23.139', W 77° 25.461'

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Butler's Headquarters

— Bermuda Hundred Campaign —

As Grant grappled with Lee in the Wilderness and near Spotsylvania Court House in May 1864, Union Gen. Benjamin Butler landed with 30,000 troops at Bermuda Hundred, eight miles east of here. Butler's objective was to open another front and to threaten Richmond from the south.

This building dates from 1760 and was a prominent landmark during the campaign's battle of Drewry's Bluff on May 16. The Half-Way (between Petersburg and Richmond) House was used by Butler during the fighting.

Early in the battle, Confederate artillery located north of here found the range. Shells shattered brick dependencies and plowed up the grounds around the building. Before the battle soldiers had helped themselves to the contents of the house, leaving the place "pretty well rummaged."

Butler's defeated Army of the James rallied around the Half-Way House on the afternoon of the 16th. Eventually order emerged from the chaos. The strong Union position here halted the Confederate attack and ended the battle.

The fighting at Drewry's Bluff marked the end of Butler's offensive operations against Richmond.
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 2:50pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285368 N 4140413
Decimal Degrees37.38565000, -77.42435000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 23.139', W 77° 25.461'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 23' 8.34" N, 77° 25' 27.66" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Richmond VA 23237, US
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