The Burning of White Oak Methodist Church

The Burning of White Oak Methodist Church (HM1KPC)

Location: Wilsons, VA 23894 Dinwiddie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 8.42', W 77° 49.015'

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Between Ford and Wilsons stations was 22 year old White Oak Methodist Church. The grounds were used as a wayside hospital for Confederate wounded until burned to the ground on June 23, 1864 by Union cavalry. Built in 1862, the hospital contained three ward buildings and cook house operations overseen by Dr. B.P. Reese, local surgeon and church member. Additional staff were Dr. Doyle, Dr. Worsham and Ward Master Emmons.

In 1909 the church filed a claim to recover the cost of damages as a result of intentional burning. Witnesses gave testimony as to what took place including Lawson Holmes a former slave who stated that Union troops leaving the area said they set fire to the buildings. The claim was ultimately denied.
Year Placed2014
Placed ByDinwiddie Grays Camp 2220
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, May 24th, 2015 at 2:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 249795 N 4114155
Decimal Degrees37.14033333, -77.81691667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 8.42', W 77° 49.015'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 8' 25.2" N, 77° 49' 0.9" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9516 White Oak Church Rd, Wilsons VA 23894, US
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