Guardian of the AppomattoxConfederate Fort Clifton guarded the Appomattox River and helped protect Petersburg in 1864-1865. The three earthworks that comprised the fort's batteries still stand on the bluffs along the river. Artillerists and militiamen garrisoned the position in 1862, and the fortifications were completed early in 1864. A powder magazine, guardhouse and prison stockade, hospital, and even a "ladies quarters" stood inside the fort, while underground huts were "built into ravines and gullies" around it. Rifle pits - running northwest toward a six-gun battery on Swift Creek - protected the fort's flanks from infantry assault and are readily visible behind the main earthworks today.
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:28am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 290123 N 4128631|
|Decimal Degrees||37.28063333, -77.36735000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 16.838', W 77° 22.041'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 16' 50.28" N, 77° 22' 2.46" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 5216-5226 Brockwell Ln, Colonial Heights VA 23834, US|
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