The "Bottle"

The "Bottle" (HMB6J)

Location: Colonial Heights, VA 23834
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 19.385', W 77° 24.321'

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Here in 1864 on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula between the James and Appomattox Rivers, the Union Army of the James, commanded by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, was "bottled up" by Confederate Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard, defender of Petersburg. The cautious Butler had begun constructing earthworks across the peninsula about a mile east in May, shortly after he occupied the peninsula, to protect against attack from the west. The Confederates built parallel earthworks (the Howlett Line) about half a mile east of here to "bottle up" the Federals. In Sept., however, Butler's army easily crossed the James River to attack the Richmond fortifications.
HM NumberHMB6J
Marker NumberS 18
Year Placed2001
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 4:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286873 N 4133427
Decimal Degrees37.32308333, -77.40535000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.385', W 77° 24.321'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 23.10" N, 77° 24' 19.26" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14705 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Colonial Heights VA 23834, US
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