Near Farmville in Cumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Union Closes In
—Lee’s Retreat —
It was here that evening, Gen. Robert E. Lee declined a request for surrender sent to him by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. From Cumberland Church, Lee could see the Blue Ridge Mountains; he still hoped to move west and then escape to North Carolina.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 20.738′ N, 78° 23.127′ W. Marker is near Farmville, Virginia, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Cumberland Road (Virginia Route 45), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farmville VA 23901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker Cumberland Church (here, next to this marker); Engagement at Cumberland Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); James F. Lipscomb (approx. one mile away); Needham Law School (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bizarre (approx. 2.6 miles away); Cumberland County / Prince Edward County (approx. 2.6 miles away); Farmville (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named Farmville (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Farmville.
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a portrait of Gen. William Mahone, and three battle maps showing troop positions at 1:00 P.M., 4:15 P.M. and Evening.
Also see . . .
1. Cumberland Church. CWSAC Battle Summaries.
2. Lee's Retreat to Appomattox. Virginia Civil War Trails.
3. Lee's Retreat. Virginia's Retreat guide.
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