Battle of Petersburg

Battle of Petersburg (HM9GA)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23805
Country: United States of America

N 37° 13.085', W 77° 23.597'

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25 April 1781

— Flanking Movement —

About midday on 25 April 1781, Maj. Gen. William Phillips discovered that the right flank of the American militia, on the edge of Blandford was vulnerable to attack from the south and rear. He ordered Lt. Col. John Simcoe's Queen's Rangers and a Light Infantry battalion to the south and west on a wide sweep around the flank to attack the Virginians from the rear. Simcoe took this nearby route (now Graham Road) between present-day Crater Road and Sycamore Street, thus moving his large force behind the American line undetected. When Simcoe reached the high ground overlooking Petersburg, the Americans were already retreating.
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HM NumberHM9GA
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Marker NumberQA 24
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 2:40pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 287648 N 4121748
Decimal Degrees37.21808333, -77.39328333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.085', W 77° 23.597'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 5.10" N, 77° 23' 35.82" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 425 Graham Rd, Petersburg VA 23805, US
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