Union Army Railroad Raids

Union Army Railroad Raids (HMB6L)

Location: Chester, VA 23831 Chesterfield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 17.835', W 77° 24.584'

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On 5 May 1864, leading elements of Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James disembarked off transports at Bermuda Hundred, located to the north of here. The next day this army began severing telegraph lines and nearby portions of the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad, a rail line that carried troops, supplies, and food to Richmond from other junctions. Over the next five days, Butler's troops focused on destroying portions of the railroad and fought a number of skirmishes with Confederate troops. The Confederate army countered the Federal attacks, protected the railroad, and eventually reestablished the rail line.
HM NumberHMB6L
Marker NumberS 20
Year Placed2002
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resurces
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 1:44am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286412 N 4130570
Decimal Degrees37.29725000, -77.40973333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 17.835', W 77° 24.584'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 17' 50.10" N, 77° 24' 35.04" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16457-16471 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester VA 23831, US
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