Fort Davis (6)

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Fort Davis (6) (1864-1865) - A Union U.S. Civil War Fort established in 1864 near Petersburg, Petersburg City, Virginia. First named Fort Warren for General Gouverneur K. Warren (Cullum 1451), Fifth Corps commander. Renamed Fort Davis after Colonel Phineas Stearns Davis, commander of the 39th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, who was killed at the fort by an exploding shell on 11 Jul 1864. Abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Fort Davis Interpretive Panel
Fort Davis Marker
Fort Davis Sallyport Entrance

History of Fort Davis

Established in 1864 by Union forces as a square earthworks redoubt, with a diagonal "parados traverse" in the middle. This traverse was designed to block shells that fell into the fort interior from damaging the magazines and to protect personnel. The fort was positioned at a strategic point along the Union trench lines blocking the Jerusalem Plank Road just south of Fort Sedgwick.

This was a large earthworks fort covering about three acres of ground and capable of holding a full brigade. The fort was surrounded by a trench twenty feet wide and ten feet deep, with the ramparts inside this trench. The fort mounted eight guns and held a garrison of some 550 men.

The fort was abandoned in 1865 at the end of the war.

Current Status

Remains of the earthworks and the ditch. One marker is located near where the sallyport was located (Marker 2) and a more descriptive interpretive sign is located on the other side of the fort (Marker 1). The outline of the central traverse can also be seen.


Location: South Crater Road and Flank Road, Petersburg, Petersburg City, Virginia.

Maps & Images

Lat: 37.19291 Long: -77.37436

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Visited: 2 Apr 212


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