Dinwiddie Court House

Dinwiddie Court House (HMBHJ)

Location: Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Dinwiddie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 4.648', W 77° 35.241'

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— Wilson-Kautz Raid —

In June 1864, to deny Gen. Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side R.R. and the Richmond and Danville R.R., Gen, Ulysses S. Grant sent Gen. James H. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destroy track and rolling stock. After burning stores at Ream's Station on June 22, the Federals rode south for eight miles to make the Confederates think the Weldon R.R. (to N.C.) was the object of the raid. Wilson's men turned west to Dinwiddie Court House to intersect the South Side R.R. Gen. W.H.F. "Rooney" Lee's Confederate cavalry harassed Wilson's rear guard from Ream's Station for ten miles to this place. The Confederates reported taking at least ten prisoners. The Federals remained here until 4 p.m., destroying some county records and appropriating local livestock before turning north toward the South Side R.R.

"[The Federals] remained until four o'clock occupying themselves during their stay in destroying the county records, liberating prisoners, stealing poultry, etc." - Confederate news report, Richmond Daily Dispatch, June 24, 1864

"About five p.m. our advance guard came up with them and had a skirmish, taking ten prisoners, killing and wounding some and losing slightly." - Confederate news report, Richmond Daily Dispatch, June 24, 1864

"At the little village of Dinwiddie Court House, the enemy appeared in greater force, but was repulsed by the Twenty-Second New York, which formed on each side of the road, and as the First Vermont fell back by the road, received the enemy with a sharp fire." - George G. Benedict, 1st Vermont Cavalry
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 7:15am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 269999 N 4106598
Decimal Degrees37.07746667, -77.58735000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 4.648', W 77° 35.241'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 4' 38.88" N, 77° 35' 14.46" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14200 Sycamore Dr, Dinwiddie VA 23841, US
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