Fort Stevens

Fort Stevens (HM9O7)

Location: Richmond, VA 23237
Country: United States of America

N 37° 24.225', W 77° 25.759'

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Butler's Campaign Ends

— Bermuda Hundred Campaign —

"Neither army, however, manifested any disposition either to advance or retire. It was a case of stand and fire, each endeavoring to cripple the other the most, and gain, if it could, some advantage here or there. The enemy's one battery was handled with rapidity and accuracy, and they sent us quite a number of dangerous missiles, that exploded very near to our guns and did considerable damage." - Private Benjamin W. Jones, Surry Light Artillery, describing the action on May 14 inside Fort Stevens.

Built in 1862 as part of Richmond's defenses, Fort Stevens went unchallenged for two years. Its first action came on May 14, 1864, when Union Gen. Benjamin Butler marched the Army of the James within a few hundred yards of here. Inside the fort, cannoneers of the Surry Light Artillery under Capt. James Hankins, supported by infantrymen of Gen. Johnson Hagood's brigade, exchanged fire with Butler's batteries. After twelve hours of dueling neither side had gained any advantage.

After a day of limited activity, Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard seized the initiative by ordering a counterattack on the morning of May 16. Hankins' battery and Hagood's brigade joined in the pursuit which succeeded in driving Butler's army back several miles into entrenched positions at Bermuda Hundred. With the defeat of Butler, Fort Stevens remained securely within Southern lines until April 1865.
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HM NumberHM9O7
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 12:42pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284980 N 4142433
Decimal Degrees37.40375000, -77.42931667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 24.225', W 77° 25.759'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 24' 13.50" N, 77° 25' 45.54" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8900 Pams Ave, Richmond VA 23237, US
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