Battery Dantzler

Battery Dantzler (HMB6E)

Location: Chester, VA 23836 Chesterfield County
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N 37° 21.218', W 77° 23.829'

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A half-mile northeast stands Battery Dantzler, named for Col. Olin Miller Dantzler, 22d South Carolina Infantry (killed in action nearby on 2 June 1864), and constructed in May-June 1864 to block the Union navy's approach to Richmond. The battery anchored the northern end of the Howlett Line, a series of Confederate earthworks cut across the Bermuda Hundred peninsula from Swift Creek on the south to the James River on the north. Battery Dantzler's artillery included two 7-inch Brooke rifles, two 8-inch smooth-bore Columbiads, and two coastal mortars. The battery operated until 2 April 1865, when it was abandoned and its naval garrison marched with Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia westward to Appomattox Court House.
HM NumberHMB6E
Marker NumberK 201
Year Placed1994
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 10:35pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 287686 N 4136798
Decimal Degrees37.35363333, -77.39715000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 21.218', W 77° 23.829'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 21' 13.08" N, 77° 23' 49.74" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1901 W Hundred Rd, Chester VA 23836, US
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