Fort Hoke: Empty Victory

Fort Hoke: Empty Victory (HMVLB)

Location: Richmond, VA 23231
Country: United States of America

N 37° 25.077', W 77° 23.152'

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After capturing Fort Harrison on September 29, 1864, Union General Edward O.C. Ord directed an attack southward down the Confederate line toward forts Hoke and Maury. If these Confederate defenses fell, the direct road to Richmond along the Osborne Turnpike would be open to the Union troops. Ord fell wounded almost immediately. Several hours later his men overwhelmed the Confederate defenders and captured Fort Hoke.

Union victory was short-lived. Before dark a strong Confederate force advanced, but found the Federal troops already abandoning their recent conquest. Ord's men had received orders to withdraw back to Fort Harrison. Within days Fort Hoke became the southern anchor of a new Confederate defensive line stretching north to Fort Johnson.

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In the park's earliest days, the local camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps—consisting of African American workers—prepared the area for the public by building roads and clearing brush and trees. The Corps devoted extra care to Fort Hoke. Work crews rebuilt much of the fort in an effort to duplicate its presumed 1864 appearance. No other fort within the park received similar attention.
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HM NumberHMVLB
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Year Placed2011
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:55am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 288866 N 4143910
Decimal Degrees37.41795000, -77.38586667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 25.077', W 77° 23.152'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 25' 4.62" N, 77° 23' 9.12" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9018 Battlefield Park Rd, Richmond VA 23231, US
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