The Battle of White Oak Road

The Battle of White Oak Road (HM9M6)

Location: Sutherland, VA 23885 Dinwiddie County
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N 37° 9.086', W 77° 32.858'

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With their success at Lewis Farm, Union troops gained a foothold on one of Lee's supply routes, the Boydton Plank Road. It was strategically necessary for the Federals to control this road because it was a major route Confederate General Robert E. Lee used to transport supplies to his army from North Carolina. On March 30, General Warren pushed his men as close to the Confederate defense line along White Oak Road as possible and had them build slight earthworks.

Concerned about the Federal movement, Robert E. Lee ordered reinforcements to assist General Anderson along the White Oak Road. One unit sent to help, the 60th Alabama, reached White Oak Road then spent March 30th "on the roadside, in momentary expectation of battle," as one member of the regiment remembered. "The fighting ? did not amount to much more than heavy skirmishing, which was kept up throughout the day."

The morning of March 31, 1865, General Robert E. Lee rode out to the White Oak Road sector of his line. Meeting with General Anderson and Major General Bushrod R. Johnson, Lee learned that the Federal troops in front of them were deployed with the left part of their lines unprotected. Lee determined to strike the Federals where they were vulnerable.
HM NumberHM9M6
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 5:18am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 273751 N 4114710
Decimal Degrees37.15143333, -77.54763333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 9.086', W 77° 32.858'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 9' 5.16" N, 77° 32' 51.48" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 20601-20735 State Rte 613, Sutherland VA 23885, US
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