The Destruction Begins
— 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. The Wilson-Kautz raiders reached this point at sundown on June 22, and destroyed two trains and military supplies. A passenger train from the west stopped just short of the station, reversed course and backed all the way to Burkeville (about 35 miles) where news of the raid was telegraphed to Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. Late in the evening, Gen. W.H.F. "Rooney" Lee's cavalry fought a brief skirmish with the raiders.
|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||Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 10:48am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 257062 N 4114947|
|Decimal Degrees||37.14938333, -77.73545000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 8.963', W 77° 44.127'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 8' 57.78" N, 77° 44' 7.62" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 7713 State Rte 622, Ford VA 23850, US|
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