Caroline County Courthouse

Caroline County Courthouse (HM8DG)

Location: Bowling Green, VA 22427 Caroline County
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N 38° 3.062', W 77° 20.826'

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Union Troops Filled the Roads to Richmond

— Lee Vs. Grant - The 1864 Campaign —

On May 21, 1864, Gen. Winfield S. Hancock's Second Corps passed through Bowling Green. Union soldiers broke into stores, looted homes and freed prisoners from the jail. Documents from the ransacked courthouse littered the streets.
A few bold souls ventured outside to hurl epithets at their tormentors. "Are you going to Richmond?" cried one woman. "You'll all lay your bones in the ground before you get sight of it!"
To help restore order, a young Union captain named Chapman posted guards. Invited for a hot meal by the owner of the nearby Star Hotel, Capt. Chapman would remember Bowling Green with fondness. In 1906, he wrote to Caroline County Clerk Ned Coghill that it was so kind to take an enemy in and feed him.
"War is terrible anyway," Coghill replied, "but war between brothers is the worst of all. Thank God we are at peace! I was also a soldier in that war, and surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox. I have a warm spot in my heart for the old soldiers of both sides."
HM NumberHM8DG
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 4:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 294059 N 4214078
Decimal Degrees38.05103333, -77.34710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 3.062', W 77° 20.826'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 3' 3.72" N, 77° 20' 49.56" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-106 Courthouse Ln, Bowling Green VA 22427, US
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