Monday, January 17, 2011

Fort Clifton, Virginia

The fort is located in the City of Colonial Heights, Virginia and was an important link in the Confederate Richmond-Petersburg defense line in 1864-1865. It is located on a cliff by where Swift Creek flows into the Appomattox River.

The siz-gun battery still stands and it was never taken by Union forces until the evacuation of those cities.

It was constructed during the winter months of 1863-1864 by soldiers and slaves under the supervision of engineers Charles H. Dimmold and Henry de Feuuve and was primarily a three-side fortification that later included a powder magazine and a two-story guard house.

Garrisoned by 500 men, it mounted some heavy caliber guns and field pieces.

On May 9, 1864, the Battle of Swift Creek took place here when soldiers under Gen. Bushrod Johnson defeated 18,000 Federals of the X and XVIII Corps.

A Fort I was Not familiar With. --Old B-Runner

Well, after checking out the label for Fort Clifton, evidently I have heard of it.

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