Fort Pocahontas

Fort Pocahontas (HM638)

Location: Charles City, VA 23030 Charles City County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 19.562', W 76° 59.716'

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South of here, on a bluff overlooking the James River, stands the half-mile-long Fort Pocahontas, built in the spring of 1869 by Union soldiers during the Civil War. The fort protected Union vessels on the river and guarded the landing at Wilson's Wharf. Commanded by Brig. Gen. Edward A. Wild and manned by the 1st and 10th Regiments of U.S. Colored Troops and two guns of Battery M, 3d N.Y. Light Artillery, the 1,500-man garrison beat back assaults by 2,500 cavalrymen under Confederate Maj. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee on 24 May 1864. It was the only Civil War battle in Virginia in which nearly all the Union troops were black.
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HM NumberHM638
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Marker NumberV-34
Year Placed1997
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 1:25pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323220 N 4132908
Decimal Degrees37.32603333, -76.99526667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.562', W 76° 59.716'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 33.72" N, 76° 59' 42.96" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 15920 John Tyler Memorial Hwy, Charles City VA 23030, US
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