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Howlett Line

Subfacility of Civil War Sites


Howlett Line Layout (PDF)

Other Link Historical Events and Programs


  1. Interpretive Signage
  2. Walking Trails

About the Howlett Line

The park, named for the line of Confederate earthworks that once stretched for more than three miles from the James River to the Appomattox River, still has one of the artillery positions placed along that line. These provided interlocking fields of fire that enabled the Confederates to cover the entire front with a minimum of infantry support. On June 2, 1864, Colonel Olin M. Dantzler led an attack toward a nearby Federal position known as Fort Dutton. Dantzler moved his men to within 150 yards of the Union fort, pushing back part of the 7th Connecticut, before he and 16 of his men were killed. The park features a trail with interpretive signage.

See the Park Layout (PDF)

Park Amenities

  • Interpretive Signage
  • Walking Trail (0.1 mile)

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