Namozine Church

Namozine Church (HM3JA)

Location: Ford, VA 23850 Amelia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 14.956', W 77° 43.523'

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— Lee's Retreat —

When Gen. Robert E. Lee evacuated the Army of Northern Virginia from Petersburg and Richmond on April 2-3, 1865, he ordered the army's wings to unite at Amelia Court House, where trains would meet them with food and other supplies. The army would then march south to North Carolina and join forces with Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's command. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, on the other hand, pursued Lee on two routes: directly in his wake and on parallel roads to the south, to prevent his escape into North Carolina.

Union infantry and cavalry in close pursuit frequently clashed with the Confederate rear guard. One such action occurred here on April 3, while Gen. Rufus Barringer's cavalry was posted at the church. You are standing where Barringer's flank stood, facing east. Sometime after 9:00 a.m., Gen. George A. Custer's cavalrymen came charging down the road and struck the entire line. The regiment in the Confederate center tried a counterattack, but soon the whole line was in retreat. Some 350 were captured, including Barringer.

Namozine Presbyterian Church, built in 1847, fortunately survived the battle. It remains virtually unchanged since its date of construction.
HM NumberHM3JA
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 8:21pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 258275 N 4126006
Decimal Degrees37.24926667, -77.72538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 14.956', W 77° 43.523'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 14' 57.36" N, 77° 43' 31.38" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19600-19698 State Rte 708, Ford VA 23850, US
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