Fort Harrison Trail

Fort Harrison Trail (HMLZ7)

Location: Richmond, VA 23231
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 25.666', W 77° 22.361'

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Confederate soldiers built Fort Harrison on this high point of land as part of their scheme to protect the approaches to Richmond. The Union army seized the fort after heavy fighting in September 1864, altered its appearance, and renamed it. The troops manning the fort were among the first into Richmond when the Confederate capital fell the following April.

In 1862, 30-year-old Lieutenant William E. Harrison supervised the construction of the fort that eventually bore his name. Harrison was an engineer, educated at the Virginia Military Institute. He died in northern Virginia in 1873.

Maine native Hiram Burnham, a brigadier general, survived many of Virginia's great battles before being killed while leading his brigade in the attack on Fort Harrison. Union officers renamed the captured fort in his honor.
HM NumberHMLZ7
Year Placed2010
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 10:22pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 290060 N 4144970
Decimal Degrees37.42776667, -77.37268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 25.666', W 77° 22.361'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 25' 39.96" N, 77° 22' 21.66" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8761 Battlefield Park Rd, Richmond VA 23231, US
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