Battle of Petersburg

Battle of Petersburg (HM9G0)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
Country: United States of America

N 37° 13.806', W 77° 23.608'

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25 April 1781

— Artillery Position —

On 25 Apr. 1781, Maj. Gen. Friedrich von Steuben's 1,000 Virginia militiamen, driven from the eastern edge of Blandford, established a strong defensive line along the western summit (now Madison Street) above Lieutenant Run valley. Maj. Gen. William Phillips's British force occupied this ridge from here to the Appomattox River. After several unsuccessful infantry attacks, Phillips placed four artillery pieces here and fired on the American line. Facing this threat, and with American ammunition running low, von Steuben decided that any further defense of Petersburg would be futile and ordered a general retreat toward the Pocahontas Bridge to the north.
Department of Historic Resources, 2005
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HM NumberHM9G0
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Marker NumberQA 20
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 10:45pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 287665 N 4123082
Decimal Degrees37.23010000, -77.39346667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.806', W 77° 23.608'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 48.36" N, 77° 23' 36.48" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-599 US-460 BUS, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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