To the west of the road here at Proctor's Creek Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler's Union Army of the James attacked the outer line of the Confederates' Drewry Bluff defenses on 13-14 May 1864. On the first day, Union Maj. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore struck the Confederate right flank, commanded by Maj. Gen. Robert Ransom, Jr. Ransom's troops crumpled under the onslaught, rallied and counterattacked, and finally fell back to the main lines at Kingsland Creek. On 14 May, Gillmore and Maj. Gen. William F. Smith launched coordinated attacks that drove through the first defensive line but stopped short of the second. The Federals then entrenched.
Geographic Location: Chesterfield County
Physical Description of Location: Chester, VA 23237. Located on Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1), 0.25 miles north of the intersection of Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1) and Route 288. Marker is on the right when traveling north on Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1).
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