Burkeville Junction

Burkeville Junction (HMCCZ)

Location: Burkeville, VA 23922 Nottoway County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 11.353', W 78° 12.197'

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Critical Junction

— 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.

That morning, not long before the arrangements for the surrender were made, a life ended near here in Burke's Tavern. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, mortally wounded north of Farmville on April 7, died here about 4 a.m. He was the last Union general to die in the Civil War.
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 4:37am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 748249 N 4119527
Decimal Degrees37.18921667, -78.20328333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 11.353', W 78° 12.197'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 11' 21.18" N, 78° 12' 11.82" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-107 State Rte 9299, Burkeville VA 23922, US
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