Battle of Petersburg

Battle of Petersburg (HMBJ9)

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

N 37° 14.082', W 77° 23.4'

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25 April 1781

— First Line Of Defense —

On 25 Apr. 1781, American Brig. Gen. Peter Muhlenberg formed his first line of 500 Virginia militia here to meet the British. The line extended along East Street from the Appomattox River to present-day Washington Street and consisted of two infantry regiments. Maj. Gen. William Phillips' 2,500-man army, including one Light Infantry battalion and the 76th and 80th Regiments of Foot, struck the Americans here. After several assaults and the deployment of four British cannon, the militia withdrew westward, through Blandford (then a separate town), across Lieutenant Run, and on to Madison Street in eastern Petersburg.
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HM NumberHMBJ9
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Marker NumberQA 23
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 8:18am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 287985 N 4123585
Decimal Degrees37.23470000, -77.39000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.082', W 77° 23.4'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 4.92" N, 77° 23' 24.00" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 845-865 E Bank St, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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