The Battle of Reams Station

The Battle of Reams Station (HM8Y4)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23805
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 5.766', W 77° 25.298'

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The Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad

As early as September 1829, business interests in Petersburg wanted to build a railroad between Petersburg, Virginia and Weldon, North Carolina. The railroad would connect the Appomattox and Roanoke river and attract trade away from Norfolk, Virginia (which was connected to North Carolina by a canal). The Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad was incorporated on February 10, 1830 making it one of the earliest railroads in the United States. By 1833, a trip could be made along sixty miles of the line.

By the time of the Civil War, the Petersburg Railroad accessed the coast of North Carolina and the interior of the Deep South. At Weldon, N.C., the Petersburg Railroad connected with the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, which enabled cargo from this line to be rapidly transferred from the coast to the war front. Other connecting railroads linked the Petersburg Railroad to lines leading to the Deep South.

By the spring of 1864, the Petersburg Railroad was of even greater importance because it was one of the only two main supply arteries for General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. All types of necessary war material, including food for troops and fodder for animals, passed along this corridor, making it and the South Side Railroad Lieutenant General U.S. Grant's two primary objectives during the Petersburg campaign.

The original roadbed of the Petersburg Railroad is the present day Halifax Road in front of you.
HM NumberHM8Y4
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 3:25pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284786 N 4108277
Decimal Degrees37.09610000, -77.42163333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 5.766', W 77° 25.298'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 5' 45.96" N, 77° 25' 17.88" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3100-3176 State Rte 604, Petersburg VA 23805, US
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