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Battery Dantzler Park


Battery Dantzler Layout (PDF)


  1. Historical
  2. Trails

About Battery Dantzler Park

This Confederate battery is the northern end of the Howlett Line that bottled up Butler’s forces on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula. The fort was named for Colonel Olin Miller Dantzler, 22nd South Carolina Infantry, who was killed in action nearby. In Jan. 1865, the Battle of Trent’s Reach, one of the last naval actions of the war, took place at the foot of Battery Dantzler. During the battle, 3 Confederate ironclads were stopped when they tried to force their way downriver to attack General Grant’s supply base at City Point. The site has an excellent view of the old James River channel and a handicap-accessible viewing platform is located near the parking area.

Park Amenities

  • Interpretive Signage
  • Trail and Boardwalk (0.1 mile)