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Guided Civil War Tours and other Sites

Civil War Guided Tours: Registration and payment required at least one week in advance. Wear comfortable walking shoes. To register , use the PayPal buttons shown below or for details contact Bryan Truzzie at 804-751-4946.  Tours are on Fridays,  10 a.m. – noon   $8 per person

Howlett Route 1 Tour Van Tour

Historic Route 1 Van Tour This guided driving tour will highlight the history of many of the sites once popularized along the first and oldest highway system in the United States. Discover the Halfway House and learn about its history,  learn about the electric trolley line that once existed, visit the first Wayside Park in Virginia and the oldest stone bridge, uncover the secrets of the Bellwood Plantation, visit Swift Creek Mill, documented as one of the oldest Mills in the country, explore the Violet Bank Museum, and visit one of the oldest Magnolia trees. Meet at the Bensley Recreation Center, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road, Saturday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Course 41828.    To register call 804-748-1623 and request the specific course number.
Register for all programs at least one week in advance.  Details: Bryan Truzzie, 804-751-4946  $8 per person

   

Historic Midlothian Mines Tour

Mid-Lothian Mines Tour Take a guided tour through the park and learn more about the early mine operations in North America. Learn about one of the earliest railroads, the development of the earliest road system to transport coal, and the impact that coal mining had on the region. View a reproduction of the headstock and hear what life was like for coal
miners. Program meets at amphitheater. Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13286 North Woolridge Road Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.- noon Course 41833.  To register call 804-748-1623 and request the specific course number.
Register for all programs at least one week in advance.  Details: Bryan Truzzie, 804-751-4946  $8 per person

    

To help save historic Point of Rocks Civil War site, please donate.   Bermuda Hundred  Campaign Battle Animations are available here.   Go here for Battle Animations

 Chesterfield County contains 11 parks sites associated with the Civil War. Each of these sites has its own  unique story to tell. Collectively, these “links in a chain” tell the larger story of one of the most important military campaigns of the war but seldom told.  

Discover your Chesterfield ancestors and their rich history.  Our volunteers are there to assist you if needed..  See our library page for more information.  See The New Film on the Library Committee     

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Chesterfield County Civil War Notables

Colonel Osborne USArmy 
After the start of the war, Thomas O. Osborn became the lieutenant colonel of the 39th Illinois Infantry on October 11, 1861, and was promoted to colonel the following year on January 1. He led the regiment in several campaigns and battles.  His command saw action in the 1862 Valley Campaign against Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, participating in the Battle of Port Republic on June 9. From July until September 1863, Osborn took part in Union operations against Charleston, South Carolina, including attacks on Fort Wagner and Fort Sumter. In 1864, Osborn commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Division of the XXIV Corps of the Army of the James, Osborn was badly wounded at the Battle of Drewry's Bluff on May 14, 1864, when a musket ball shattered his right elbow and lodged in his arm. He stayed in the hospital until September before being released for duty. In December, he had recovered enough to report for duty. However, he suffered from ankylosis of the injured elbow for the rest of his life. During the Siege of Petersburg in 1864 into 1865, Osborn led a brigade in the XXIV Corps. He was brevetted to the rank of brigadier general on March 10, 1865

 

Col Olin DantzlerBuilt in May 1864 and first named Fort Howlett, the battery was renamed after Colonel Olin M. Dantzler who was killed June 2, 1864 in an attempt to capture Fort Dutton. Leading the 22nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment the attack failed. Battery Dantzler, a  Confederate battery, was constructed to stop Union naval forces from advancing up the James River.  By January 1865,  it was armed with two 10" columbiads, one 7" Brooke rifle and one 10" mortar. It was manned by the Johnston Artillery under Captain B.J. Epes. The battery was abandoned April 2, 1865.

Clara BartonClarissa (Claraa) Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was an American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, and a patent clerk. Since nursing education was not then very formalized and she did not attend nursing school, she provided self-taught nursing care.  Barton is noteworthy for doing humanitarian work and civil rights advocacy at a time before women had the right to vote.  In 1864, she was appointed by Union General Benjamin Butler as the "lady in charge" of the hospitals at the front of the Army of the James. Among her more harrowing experiences was an incident in which a bullet tore through the sleeve of her dress without striking her and killed a man to whom she was tending. She was known as the "Florence Nightingale of America". She was also known as the "Angel of the Battlefield"


Help Save Chesterfield County's Rich History

Summerseat c. 1860"C. 1860 Summerseat"  - According to tradition, this 19th century house was used by a county magistrate as the “seat” of his court during summer months due to the muddy and rutted roads which made travel to the courthouse in the center of the county almost impossible.  The lower brick portion of the house was the “jail” or “detention center, complete with bars that held prisoners or those persons awaiting trial.  It is not a large building at 18 by 16 feet.  The house is part of Virginia State University.

 

Historic Trinity Church

C. 1879 Trinity Church - The old church sits in a stand of a few trees not quite visible from Krause Road but adjacent to Ironbridge Road where it is plainly noticeable.  It offers an unobstructed view at that corner.  Not so vacant any longer and no longer a huge storage shed for odds and ends, it serves a new purpose in its longevity of survival.  It is alive with activity once again.  Presently, the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is utilizing the building as its headquarters and library until historic Castlewood is renovated.  Historic Castlewood, ca. 1817-1819, sits nearby to the church just across Krause Road and was once the parsonage for the Methodist.

 

 

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