Confederate Fort Whitworth
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member showbizkid
N 37° 12.310 W 077° 27.594
18S E 281699 N 4120467
Quick Description: A marker noting the location of one of two forts constructed to protect the western approaches to Petersburg during the siege of 1864-1865. This marker was placed in 1994.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 8/8/2006 10:31:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMKEH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member flyingmoose
Views: 13

Long Description:


The marker reads:

CONFEDERATE FORT WHITWORTH

Named for the Whitworth family of Mayfield, the
farm on which it was built, this outpost (a quarter-
mile east) and Fort Gregg, 400 yards to the
south, were constructed to protect the western
approaches to Petersburg during the 1864-1865
siege. On 2 April 1865, when Gen. U.S. Grant's
army attacked the city after turning Gen. R.E. Lee's
flank at Five Forks the day before, the forts were
the scene of intense fighting. The Union XXIV
Corps captured the two positions, suffering 714
casualties. The Confederates lost about 300 men
in a stubborn defense that delayed the Union
advance for two hours, enabling Lee to withdraw
his army safely that night and begin the westward
march that ended a week later at Appomattox
Court House.

Click on the web address below for a brief, but comprehensive article on the battle of April 2, 1865.

Marker Number: S-82

Marker Title: Confederate Fort Whitworth

Marker Location: U.S. Highway 1 North, southwest of Petersburg

County or Independent City: Dinwiddie County

Web Site: [Web Link]

Marker Program Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources

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