— Lee's Retreat —Here at Burkeville Junction, the Richmond and Danville Railroad - the most direct route to North Carolina - crossed the South Side Railroad, which ran west to Farmville. Gen. Robert E. Lee planned to lead the Army of Northern Virginia down the former rail line from Amelia Court House. When part of the Army of the Potomac, one of the Union armies commanded by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, blocked the way at Jetersville on April 5, 1865, Lee turned west. He intended to follow the South Side Railroad through Farmville toward Lynchburg then to march south once more and join his army with that of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in North Carolina. Surrounded and outnumbered at Appomattox Court House, however, he surrendered on April 9, 1865.
|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||Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 4:37am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 748249 N 4119527|
|Decimal Degrees||37.18921667, -78.20328333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 11.353', W 78° 12.197'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 11' 21.18" N, 78° 12' 11.82" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101-107 State Rte 9299, Burkeville VA 23922, US|
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