Dueled with Union GunboatsIn 1862, Confederate authorities considered locating the main defensive James River battery here to block the Union navy's approach to Richmond. They chose Drewry's Bluff instead because they feared that Union forces would bypass this position by cutting a canal through the river bend at Dutch Gap. The landing of Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James at Bermuda Hundred in May 1864 prompted the construction of this fortification. It was named Battery Dantzler in honor of Col. Olin Miller Dantzler, 22nd South Carolina Infantry, killed in action nearby. Battery Dantzler anchored the northern end of the Howlett Line of earthworks across the Bermuda Hundred peninsula from the James River south to the Appomattox River.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 8:41am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 288137 N 4137283|
|Decimal Degrees||37.35810000, -77.39220000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 21.486', W 77° 23.532'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 21' 29.16" N, 77° 23' 31.92" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1820-1826 Battery Dantzler Ct, Chester VA 23836, US|
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