Hampton's Cavalry: "Too strong to be overcome"
— 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 destoy track and rolling stock. While returning to the safety of the Union lines at Petersburg after accomplishing most of his mission, Wilson learned on June 28 that a small force of Confederate infantry and cavalry was posted here. About noon, Wilson attempted to force his way through to Ream's station just as Confederate Gen. Wade Hampton's cavalry appeared, and the two forces collided. The Federals checked the Confederate assault and both sides engaged in a series of unsuccessful counterattacks. By 10 p.m., Wilson had decided to sidestep Hampton's right flank and reach Ream's Station by an old stage road. In the confusion of battle, darkness, and ignorance of the terrain, the Federals stumbled through the gloom until they finally found the correct road to Ream's Station. Sharp skirmishing continued through the night as the Confederates attempted to flank Wilson's rear guard. At daylight. coordinated Confederate counterattacks split the Federal force and about 800 Union cavalrymen were captured.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 7:26am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 281564 N 4091682|
|Decimal Degrees||36.94590000, -77.45305000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 56.754', W 77° 27.183'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 56' 45.24" N, 77° 27' 10.98" W|
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|Area Code(s)||434, 804|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 13045-13099 State Rte 681, Stony Creek VA 23882, US|
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