Soldiers and Refugees
— Lee's Retreat —Late on the morning of Monday, April 3, 1865, part of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia briefly halted here at the Chesterfield County seat. The day before, a series of Federal attacks had broken through Lee's lines at Petersburg and ended the siege there. Lee ordered his army to withdraw from the Richmond-Petersburg fronts. The last of the Confederates came off the line that night when the moon went down. A member of the 12th Virginia Infantry on picket duty outside Petersburg later wrote, "I'll never see the calm moon again without remembering this sad night."
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 2:27am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 278027 N 4139557|
|Decimal Degrees||37.37621667, -77.50693333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 22.573', W 77° 30.416'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 22' 34.38" N, 77° 30' 24.96" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 10011 Iron Bridge Rd, Chesterfield VA 23832, US|
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