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Rice in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cavalry Battle at High Bridge

Union Opportunity Lost

 

—Lee’s Retreat —

 
Cavalry Battle at High Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. Cavalry Battle at High Bridge Marker
Inscription. Just northeast of here, on the afternoon of April 6, 1865, a Union detachment tried and failed to burn High Bridge – where the South Side Railroad crossed the Appomattox River – and restrict the Confederate retreat to the south side of the river. Gen. Theodore Read, leading the mixed infantry and cavalry group, sent his troopers under Col. Francis Washburn on a scout to the bridge. There they drove off a small Confederate guard but turned back when they heard firing behind them.

Gens. Thomas L. Rosser’s and Thomas T. Munford’s cavalry had attacked the Federal infantry. Washburn’s command charged into the fray, and in the vicious hand-to-hand fighting Washburn fell mortally wounded while Read was killed outright. Some of the Union infantrymen escaped to High Bridge but surrendered when the Confederate cavalry overwhelmed them.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 37° 16.517′ N, 78° 19.431′ W. Marker is in Rice, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker is on Prince Edward Hwy (U.S. 460), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in a pulloff on Route 460. Marker is in this post office area: Rice VA 23966, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles
Markers on Lee’s Retreat image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
2. Markers on Lee’s Retreat
Two markers for the Cavalry Battle at High Bridge on Lee’s Retreat are found at this location.
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Cavalry Battle at High Bridge (here, next to this marker); High Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Rice’s Depot (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Rice’s Depot (approx. 1.8 miles away); Action at High Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Battle of Sailor's Creek (approx. 2.2 miles away); African-Americans at High Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Camp Paradise (approx. 2.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rice.
 
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker features an 1865 photograph of High Bridge over the Appomattox River. The upper middle of the marker contains a painting of the “Charge of 4th Mass. Cavalry at High Bridge.” The right side of the marker is a battle map of the cavalry charge, along with portraits of Gen. Theodore Read, Col. Francis Washburn, Gen. Thomas Munford and Gen. James Dearing, who was, mortally wounded here and was the last Confederate general to die in the war.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lee's Retreat to Appomattox. Virginia Civil War Trails. (Submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Lee's Retreat. Virginia's Retreat guide. (Submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Battle Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
3. Battle Map from Marker
This map shows the troop movements during the Cavalry Battle and it's relation to the position of the marker.
 

3. High Bridge Battlefield Museum. (Submitted on May 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,435 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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