Battle of New Market Heights

Battle of New Market Heights (HMA7N)

Location: Henrico, VA 23231 Henrico County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 25.872', W 77° 19.067'

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On 28 September 1864, elements of Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Army of the James crossed the James River to assault the Confederate Defenses of Richmond. At dawn on 29 September, 6 regiments of U.S. Colored Troops fought with exceptional valor during their attack along New Market Road. Despite heavy casualties, they carried the earthworks there and succeeded in capturing New Market Heights, north of the road. Of the 16 Medals of Honor awarded to "Negro" soldiers during the Civil War, 14 were bestowed for this battle. Butler wrote that "the capacity of the negro race for soldiers had then and there been fully settled forever."
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HM NumberHMA7N
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Marker NumberV 26
Year Placed1993
Placed ByVa. Dept. of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 1:52am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294928 N 4145230
Decimal Degrees37.43120000, -77.31778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 25.872', W 77° 19.067'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 25' 52.32" N, 77° 19' 4.02" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3588-3624 New Market Rd, Henrico VA 23231, US
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