Fort Clifton

Fort Clifton (HMB5G)

Location: Colonial Heights, VA 23834
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 16.85', W 77° 22.315'

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A short distance east on the Appomattox River stands Confederate Fort Clifton, an important fortification that guarded Petersburg against Union naval attack during the Civil War. On 9 May 1864, Federal gunboats commanded by Maj. Gen. Charles K. Graham attacked the fort. During the engagement, Fort Clifton's artillery disabled the army gunboat Samuel L. Brewster, which its crew then scuttled. The fort's garrison, commanded by Capt. S. Taylor Martin, of the Virginia artillery, received a special commendation from Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett, the commander of the Petersburg defenses. Fort Clifton was evacuated on 2 April 1865, one week before Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
HM NumberHMB5G
Marker NumberS 33
Year Placed1998
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 5:13am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 289718 N 4128664
Decimal Degrees37.28083333, -77.37191667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 16.85', W 77° 22.315'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 16' 51.00" N, 77° 22' 18.90" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5216-5226 Conduit Rd, Colonial Heights VA 23834, US
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