A Final Stand

A Final Stand (HM3NT)

Location: Church Rd, VA 23833 Dinwiddie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 8.401', W 77° 38.316'

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With their left at the Angle crashed and their center near the Five Forks intersection overrun, the Confederates made a final stand here, in and around Gilliam's field. Across the open ground to your right, Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer led two Union cavalry brigades in a wild charge against the Confederate right flank. Southern horsemen under Maj. Gen. W.H.F. Lee held off the Federals.

Across the road to your left, infantrymen of Brig. Gen. Montgomery Corse's Virginia brigade struggled against an attack by Union infantry moving westward (toward you) along the White Oak Road. Though Corse's troops were overrun, their efforts allowed Pickett's remaining 7,000 men to escape to the north. Pickett's survivors would not rejoin the main Confederate army until three days later at Amelia Court House.

The defeat at Five Forks forced Lee to abandon the Petersburg lines - and hence the capital at Richmond. Eight days later, caught in a vise pf Union troops, Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House.
HM NumberHM3NT
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 7:47pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 265636 N 4113664
Decimal Degrees37.14001667, -77.63860000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 8.401', W 77° 38.316'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 8' 24.06" N, 77° 38' 18.96" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14115-15917 State Rte 613, Church Rd VA 23833, US
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