Dutch Gap Canal

Dutch Gap Canal (HMAJ7)

Location: Richmond, VA 23231
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 22.605', W 77° 21.616'

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Butler's Bypass

— Bermuda Hundred Campaign —

With the opposing armies locked in a protracted struggle around Petersburg and Bermuda Hundred, the James and Appomattox Rivers assumed added importance.

In August 1864, Union Gen. Benjamin Butler began excavations at Dutch Gap. When completed, his canal would bypass nearly five miles of the James River. Several powerful Confederate artillery batteries menaced that stretch of water. The Dutch Gap Canal would neutralize them.

Although the project neared completion in late 1864, Butler's engineers never succeeded in opening the canal for warships. The Dutch Gap shortcut only came into use after the Civil War. It is now the primary James River channel.
HM NumberHMAJ7
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 11:07am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291017 N 4139281
Decimal Degrees37.37675000, -77.36026667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 22.605', W 77° 21.616'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 22' 36.30" N, 77° 21' 36.96" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 111 Henricus Park Rd, Richmond VA 23231, US
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