South Side Station

South Side Station (HM1SM)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 14.005', W 77° 24.239'

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The Retreat Begins

Begin the 26-stop auto driving tour of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox at this point. The tour covers over 100 miles and takes approximately four to five hours to complete. A map can be obtained at the nearby Visitors Center. Be sure to stop at the various pull-overs and tune your radio to AM 1610 unless otherwise noted at the sites. A three to five minute narrative will be playing which explains the importance of each location.

When Lee's forces withdrew from Petersburg on the evening of April 2, 1865, they were instructed to destroy the South Side Railroad cars behind the station. The aftermath of that destruction is recorded in these period views.

(caption) A damaged locomotive and tender which fell into the Appomattox River off the burned bridge that ran to the South Side R.R. machine shops. After the war the locomotive was salvaged and put back into use.

(caption) A view from the west of the station, note the wheels of the burned cars to the left of the photograph.
HM NumberHM1SM
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByCivil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 6:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 286741 N 4123474
Decimal Degrees37.23341667, -77.40398333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.005', W 77° 24.239'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 0.30" N, 77° 24' 14.34" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 422-498 Cockade Alley, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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