A Silent WitnessThe land on which Fort Hays is built was fought over on June 22, 1864, when the Union army first attempted to cut one of Lee's vital rail supply lines, the Petersburg Railroad (usually called the Weldon Railroad) located about three miles west. While the Federals were unsuccessful then in what is known as the Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road, they did gain ground here and began entrenching. Fort Hays was constructed between August 26 and September 7 after Union victories on August 18-21 in the Second Battle of Weldon Railroad (Globe Tavern). The fort, built to handle ten field guns, held four cannons and a 300-man garrison.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 1:45pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 288508 N 4117613|
|Decimal Degrees||37.18103333, -77.38241667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 10.862', W 77° 22.945'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 10' 51.72" N, 77° 22' 56.70" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||804, 434|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 577-699 Flank Rd, Petersburg VA 23805, US|
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