Wade Hampton's Cattle RaidAs the summer of 1864 ended with Union Gen. U.S. Grant's army still laying siege to Petersburg, Southern sources learned of a large herd of cattle being held at nearby Coggin's Point on the James River. The cattle were grazing at "Beechwood," the plantation of secessionist leader Edmund Ruffin. Knowing that this beef was to be issued to Northern soldiers, Confederate cavalry commander Gen. Wade Hampton received permission to capture them. Leaving their camps on Sept. 14, about 3,000 Southern cavalry and four artillery pieces began the ride of more than 100 miles around the Union lines.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 10:46am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 300660 N 4124005|
|Decimal Degrees||37.24128333, -77.24733333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 14.477', W 77° 14.84'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 14' 28.62" N, 77° 14' 50.40" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 5201-5221 Ruffin Rd, Prince George VA 23875, US|
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