The Chesterfield Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, will offer a driving tour of Civil War...

The Chesterfield Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, will offer a driving tour of Civil War battle sites that played a major role in the 1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign on Saturday, August 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning at Henricus Historical Park.

Learn about a larger ring of earthen fortifications that made up a line of defenses known as the Howlett Line. Constructed in late May 1864, after the Battle of Ware Bottom Church, this defensive position would prevent Federal troops from launching any further operations to capture Petersburg and keep the Army of the James entrenched at Bermuda Hundred. This tour will include stops at Battery Dantzler, Parker’s Battery, Ware Bottom Battlefield, Howlett Line Park, Fort Wead and Sgt. Engle Park.

Cost of this tour is $15, and registration is via PayPal at www.chesterfieldhistory.com. Transportation provided. Space is limited. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring snacks and water. For more information, please call (804) 751-4946. Registration and payment must be made in advance prior to the tour.

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia is a non-profit 501c3 organization that serves as the center for Chesterfield County history. Its mission is to collect, preserve, promote and interpret the county’s unique past for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. For more information or to volunteer, please visit www.chesterfieldhistory.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChesterfieldHistory