Advance on Petersburg

Advance on Petersburg (HMB6M)

Location: Chester, VA 23831 Chesterfield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 17.838', W 77° 24.584'

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Elements of the Union Army of the James, led by Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, landed at Bermuda Hundred on 5 May 1864 to cut the Confederate rail and supply lines between Richmond and Petersburg. On 9 May, Butler sent divisions to Port Walthall Junction and Chester Station and turned south toward Petersburg. At Swift Creek, they encountered Brig. Gens. Johnson Hagood's and Bushrod R. Johnson's divisions protecting the turnpike and railroad bridges. The Confederates launched a counterattack across the creek, but were overwhelmed by superior Federal numbers. Butler did not follow up this attack, and by 11 May his troops were back at Bermuda Hundred.
HM NumberHMB6M
Marker NumberS 24
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 8:25am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286412 N 4130576
Decimal Degrees37.29730000, -77.40973333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 17.838', W 77° 24.584'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 17' 50.28" N, 77° 24' 35.04" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16457 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester VA 23831, US
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