By 1864, a complex series of fortifications north of Richmond and the James River protected the capital of the Confederacy. The outer line of western defenses crossed the road (then called the Deep Run Turnpike) here. The intermediate defensive line stood about three miles southeast and the inner line a mile farther, well within the present-day limits of Richmond. On 1 March 1864, Union Col. Ulric Dahlgren briefly penetrated the outer line to the southwest on Three Chopt Road during his abortive cavalry raid on the city. Dahlgren's force was repulsed at the intermediate line.
Geographic Location: Henrico County
Physical Description of Location: Richmond, VA 23230. Located on West Broad Street (Hwy 250), 0.2 miles south of the intersection of West Broad Street (Hwy 250) and I-64. Marker is on the left when traveling south on West Broad Street (Hwy 250).
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