Cavalry Battle at High Bridge

Cavalry Battle at High Bridge (HM7ML)

Location: Rice, VA 23966 Prince Edward County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 16.517', W 78° 19.431'

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Union Opportunity Lost

— Lee's Retreat —

Just northeast of here, on the afternoon of April 6, 1865, a Union detachment tried and failed to burn High Bridge - where the South Side Railroad crossed the Appomattox River - and restrict the Confederate retreat to the south side of the river. Gen. Theodore Read, leading the mixed infantry and cavalry group, sent his troopers under Col. Francis Washburn on a scout to the bridge. There they drove off a small Confederate guard but turned back when they heard firing behind them.

Gens. Thomas L. Rosser's and Thomas T. Munford's cavalry had attacked the Federal infantry. Washburn's command charged into the fray, and in the vicious hand-to-hand fighting Washburn fell mortally wounded while Read was killed outright. Some of the Union infantrymen escaped to High Bridge but surrendered when the Confederate cavalry overwhelmed them.
HM NumberHM7ML
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 11:49pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 737275 N 4128768
Decimal Degrees37.27528333, -78.32385000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 16.517', W 78° 19.431'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 16' 31.02" N, 78° 19' 25.86" W
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Area Code(s)434, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21921-22217 US-460, Rice VA 23966, US
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