Historical Report on The Battle at Fort Pocahontas
Ed Besch rediscoved the history behind Fort Pocahontas. This report was
so powerful that Harrison Tyler bought the land that Fort Pocahontas
sits on and restored it. This is the military historical
document that started it all.
The A Arter letters
Letters written by a soldiers who stayed at Fort Pocahontas and raided
President Tyler's home
New A Arter
This letter seems to be written by the same soldier staying at Fort P.
Discusses a massacre at Fort Watkins. Also confirms that the USCT
soldiers were accepted by the regulars troops after they proved their
Map of Petersburg showing Fort Watkins
Link to 1895 Civil War Map in the David
Rumsey Map Collection that shows Fort Watkins in Petersburg where the
USCT from Fort Pocahontas killed every rebel soldier in retailation for
the Fort Pillow massacre..
This letter from I.P. Farmer, a soldier from the 143rd sent to the "The
Buckeye State" newspaper on July 7, 1864 in New Lisbon, Ohio, recently
given to me by Timothy Brooks who was the guest speaker at the last
reenactment. This letter gives independent confirmation to the
reciprocal action to the "Fort Pillow Massacre." It also mentions the
raid on President Tyler's house.
This letters were written by soldiers from the 143rd, Ohio, and were
mailed to the "Wellsville Union" newspaper and published in 1864. They
recently given to me by Timothy Brooks who was the guest speaker at the
last reenactment. These letters gives independent confirmation to the
raid on Sherwood Forest mention in the A. Arter letters.
from Kevin West's 2nd great grandfather's Civil
War journal. In the journal he mentions a few days
there at Wilson's Landing, which is Fort Pocahontas. His
name is Marion Patterson. He was a 1st Lieut. with the 22nd
Reg't USCT at
that time, eventually becoming a Captain with the 19th Reg't USCT by
the end of
Pictures of soldiers from
the 143rd, Ohio,
Sgt COD 143rd Ohio Voluntary Infantry
John LaCock COA 143rd Ohio Voluntary Infantry
William S. Brunt COI 143rd Ohio Voluntary Infantry
May- Lt john N. Taylor COI 143rd Ohio Voluntary Infantry
These recently given to me by Timothy Brooks who was the guest speaker
at the last reenactment.
General Godfrey Weitzel
The engineer who originally designed Fort Pocahontas in 1864.
"Valor at Wilson's
Article written by Leonne Hudson and published in Civil
War Times Illustrated. in March,
Unearths Details Of Historic Civil War Battle
This story was recently published in the William
& Mary News.
Excerpts from Field Fortifications by P E MacDuffie
General Edward Wild's Report on
Major-general Benj. F. Butler
May 25, 1864
Second Lieutenant Julius M.
Report on May 25, 1864
"NO DANGER OF SURRENDER" An
Archaeological Perspective of the Civil War Battle of Wilson¹s
Wharf, Charles City County, Virginia by Jameson M. Harwood
RESULTS FROM THE 2001
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD SEASON by Dennis Blanton