Fort Huger

Fort Huger (HMC80)

Location: Smithfield, VA 23430 Isle of Wight County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 4.603', W 76° 41.045'

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One mile northeast, at Hardy's Bluff on Lawne's Neck, existed Fort Huger, a Civil War earthen fortification. Virginia State Engineer Col. Andrew Talcott authorized this and other forts to block any Union naval advance up the James River to Richmond. Beginning in July 1861, enslaved and freed blacks assisted in the construction of Fort Huger. It formed the right riverine flank of Confederate Gen. John B. Magruder's Peninsula defenses in 1862. Union gunboats engaged Fort Huger on 8 May 1862 and USS Monitor shelled it on the 12th. After several bombardments, Confederate forces abandoned it by 19 May.
HM NumberHMC80
Marker NumberK 327
Year Placed2006
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 10:28am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 350301 N 4104709
Decimal Degrees37.07671667, -76.68408333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 4.603', W 76° 41.045'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 4' 36.18" N, 76° 41' 2.70" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1250-1284 State Rte 676, Smithfield VA 23430, US
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