Jetersville in Amelia County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Two Days of Action
—Lee's Retreat —
The next day, when the Confederates left Amelia Court House for Farmville, Federal infantry caught up with them here. Gen. John B. Gordon’s corps, serving as the rear guard, held off the Union attacks long enough for most of the army and the baggage train to escape west, where disaster awaited the Confederates at Sailor’s Creek.
When Davies attacked Custis Lee's wagon train near Paineville, he encountered gray-uniformed African-American troops who defended the train before surrendering. Described by a Southern officer as "the only company of colored troops in the Confederate service," the soldiers had been recruited in Richmond after February 1865 and promised their freedom. The Paineville clash is one of the few documented engagements in Virginia involving organized black Confederate troops.
Location. 37° 20.023′ N, 78° 6.504′ W. Marker is in Jetersville, Virginia, in Amelia County. Marker is on Amelia Springs Road (Virginia Route 642) 0.2 miles south of St. James Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jetersville VA 23083, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Amelia Springs (here, next to this marker); Lee's Retreat (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Lee's Retreat (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Lee's Retreat (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Lee's Retreat (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Lee's Retreat (approx. 2.7 miles away); Jetersville (approx. 2.8 miles away); Deatonville (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jetersville.
More about this marker. On the upper left is sketch with the caption, "Attack on Gordon's corps (C.S.A. rear guard), Amelia Springs - Library of Congress
On the upper right is a map detailing the "Route of Union cavalry raid on Confederate wagon train coming
On the lower right is a photo of "One of the buildings at nearby Amelia Springs."
Also see . . . Lee's Retreat to Appomattox. Civil War Traveler - Southside Virginia & Lee's Retreat (Submitted on March 20, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,602 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.