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"Brave to Madness" S-31 | Marker History

“Brave to Madness” Marker, S-31

Nearby on 9 May 1864, Brig. Gen. Johnson Hagood's South Carolina Brigade attacked advancing elements of the Union X and XVIII Corps. As the 11th S.C. Infantry Regiment engaged the Federals across Swift Creek near Arrowfield Church, the 21st and 25th S.C. crossed the creek and charged up the hill to attack Brig. Gen. Charles A. Heckman's "Star" Brigade. Repulsed with a loss of 137 casualties, the South Carolinians were praised in an official report as "brave to madness." Their gallant charge succeeded, however, in saving from destruction the turnpike and railroad bridges that crossed Swift Creek and formed vital links in Lee's supply line.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1998
Region: Richmond Region
Geographic Location: Colonial Heights
Physical Description of Location: 3737 Boulevard Colonial Heights, VA 23834. Located on Hwy 1, 0.25 miles south of the intersection of Hwy 1 and Harrowgate Road. Marker is on the left when traveling south on Hwy 1.
GPS Location: 37.2823692730,-77.4121659670
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