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The Bermuda Hundred Campaign of 1864    


Howlett Line Tour:  Learn about Civil War sites that were part of a Confederate line of defenses known as the Howlet Line.   Constructed in late May 1864, this defensive position prevented Federal troops from launching further operations and kept the Army of the James entrenched on the penisular.  This tour includes stops at Battery Dantzler , Parkers Battery, Ware Bottom Church Battlefield, Howlet LIne Park,  and Fort Wead.  Transportation provided from Henricus Park.  Space is limited and wear comfortable shoes.    Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, VA 23836  Saturday, March 11, 2017 -  2-5 pm  $15  

Howlett Line Van Tour


Historic Point of Rocks Guided Tour:  Discover the unique history surrounding this newly acquired historic site. Experience Native American history and learn about one of the earliest naval battles in 1862. Visit Historic Point of Rocks never before open to the public and learn about the Union hospital established here where Clara Barton served and walk the ground where President Lincoln visited in 1864. View federal fortifications and learn why this location played a major role in the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Wear comfortable shoes. Tour meets in parking lot in front of Playground.  R. Garland Dodd Park, 201 Enon Church Road, Chester,VA 23831  Saturday, April 15, 2017.  10 am -Noon.  $8 


Historic Point of Rocks Guided Tour
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1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign Van Tour:  Commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial by visiting sites that were crucial during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Discover why this campaign was overshadowed by military engagements elsewhere. Tour includes stops at Dutch Gap, Battery Dantzler, Point of Rocks and Drewry’s Bluff. Transportation provided from Henricus Park. Space is limited. Wear comfortable shoes. Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, VA 23836 Saturday, April 29, 2017, 1 - 5 p.m.     $15 per person

1864 Bermuda Hundread Campaign Van Tour
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The Civil War in Chesterfield County  

 Col T.O. Osborn and 39th Ill. Staff 

Union Command Staff with Colonel Thomas Osborne

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Batttle of WareBottom Church

Drewrys Bluff c. 1865   c. 1865


WareBottom Battlefield Park marks the center of the fighting that took place during the Battle of Ware Bottom Church. The site contains over 1500 feet of well-preserved trenches and artillery positions that were constructed in the months after the battle.  The site was purchased in 2003 with funds from the National Park Service Battlefield Protection program. The park contains one of the largest unbroken sections of the Howlett Line still in existence. For a larger view of the battle plan , use the picture below.

39th Infantry Battle Plan


The Strachan House as seen today 


The Strachan House at historic Point of Rocks as seen today

.Preservingg Civil War Sites:  The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is dedicated to preserving the Civil War sites in Chesterfield County.  These sites are being maintained presently by volunteers.  If you have a passion for preservation, please consider a donation to help establish historical markers and site maintenance.  Donations are welcomed.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia Headquarters and research library has moved into the old historic Trinity Church .  See the news media information.  Please contact us:  (804)796-7121.  Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.


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