Dictator

Dictator (HM46S)

Location: Fort Lee, VA 23801 Prince George County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 14.811', W 77° 21.392'

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Sept. 1864: "?the enemy frequently shoot very large shells into Petersburg & do some damage to buildings, but the people are getting used to it, so they don't mind them?."
- A.I.P. Varin 2nd Mississippi

Famous but militarily ineffective, the "Dictator" fired on Petersburg from this spot during July, August, and September 1864.

The Dictator was a 13-inch seacoast mortar similar to the one in front of you. It was the largest gun used during the siege and could lob a 225-pound explosive shell more than two miles. During its service in the siege lines, the Dictator fired 218 rounds at Petersburg and its defenses.
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HM NumberHM46S
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Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 4:33am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 290988 N 4124859
Decimal Degrees37.24685000, -77.35653333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.811', W 77° 21.392'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 48.66" N, 77° 21' 23.52" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-299 Early Ct, Fort Lee VA 23801, US
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