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A half-mile northeast stands Battery Dantzler, named for Col. Olin Miller Dantzler, 22d South Carolina Infantry (killed in action nearby on 2 June 1864), and constructed in May-June 1864 to block the Union navy's approach to Richmond. The battery …
Established 1613 by Sir Thomas Dale.First incorporated Virginia town 1614.Home of John Rolfe, colony recorder, who married Pocahontas.Rev. Alexander Whitaker ministered here.Early port of Richmond.Erected ? 1938 by Bermuda Hundred Chapter D.A.R.
Union Gen. Benjamin Butler's 30,000-man Army of the James landed here without opposition on May 5, 1864. Despite his surprise arrival, Butler proved unable to take advantage of the unprepared Confederate defenders below Richmond. He pushed west…
At this station, two miles west, the Union army of the James, turning toward Richmond, fought an action on May 10, 1864 and tore up the railroad.
Here, on May 10, 1864, as part of Butler's Bermuda Hundred Campaign, 3400 Federals and 2000 Confederates fought the Battle of Chester Station. This monument is erected in their memory by the Chester Station Camp #1503. Sons of Confederate Veterans.
On May 5, 1864, Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Union Army of the James landed at Bermuda Hundred to sever direct communication between Richmond and Petersburg. Five days later, desperate to keep the connection open, 2,000 Confederates under Gen. Robert…
On Jan. 23, 1865, the ironclads Virginia II, Richmond, and Fredericksburg, with five smaller vessels, descended the James River in an effort to attack the Union supply depot at City Point. A reliable report indicated that recent floods had washed …
First named Ft. Howlett, the battery was renamed after Col. Olin M. Dantzler, who was killed on June 2, 1864, in an attempt to capture Ft. Dutton. Leading the 22nd South Carolina Inf. the attack failed. Battery Dantzler played a major role in keep…
Olin Miller Dantzler (1826-1824) was a native of South Carolina. He graduated from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia in 1846. He married Caroline Clover on July 10, 1850, and they had five children. Prior to the war Dantzler served as a South Car…
In 1862, Confederate authorities considered locating the main defensive James River battery here to block the Union navy's approach to Richmond. They chose Drewry's Bluff instead because they feared that Union forces would bypass this position by …