The Canal and the Civil War

The Canal and the Civil War (HMFZL)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.181', W 77° 26.782'

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At the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, the James River and the Kanawha Canal extended to Buchanon, nearly 200 miles west of Richmond. As Virginia's railroads fell prey to Union armies, the canal became an increasingly important artery in the Confederacy's transportation network. Despite its significance, Union armies made little effort to sever the canal in the first years of the war. It was not seriously threatened until March 1864, when Ulric Dalgren's raiders briefly reached the James River. Three months later a Confederate force at Lynchburg defeated Federals under Gen. David Hunter, saving the waterway from serious injury. In March 1865, Union calvary under Gen. Philip Sheridan delivered the most serious blow by damaging enormous stretches of the canal west of Richmond.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283853 N 4157186
Decimal Degrees37.53635000, -77.44636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.181', W 77° 26.782'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 10.86" N, 77° 26' 46.92" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 621 S 2nd St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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