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Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of White Oak Road

Moving into Position

 
 
Moving into Position Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 22, 2006
1. Moving into Position Marker
Inscription. With their success at Lewis Farm, Union troops gained a foothold on one of Lee’s supply routes, the Boydton Plank Road. It was strategically necessary for the Federals to control this road because it was a major route Confederate General Robert E. Lee used to transport supplies to his army from North Carolina. On March 30, General Warren pushed his men as close to the Confederate defense line along White Oak Road as possible and had them build slight earthworks.

Concerned about the Federal movement, Robert E. Lee ordered reinforcements to assist General Anderson along the White Oak Road. One unit sent to help, the 60th Alabama, reached White Oak Road then spent March 30th “on the roadside, in momentary expectation of battle,” as one member of the regiment remembered. “The fighting … did not amount to much more than heavy skirmishing, which was kept up throughout the day.”

The morning of March 31, 1865, General Robert E. Lee rode out to the White Oak Road sector of his line. Meeting with General Anderson and Major General Bushrod R. Johnson, Lee learned that the Federal troops in front of them were deployed with the left part of their lines unprotected. Lee determined to strike the Federals where they were vulnerable.
 
Erected by Civil War Preservation
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2. Civil War Preservation Trust
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Location. 37° 9.086′ N, 77° 32.858′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker can be reached from White Oak Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on the Battle of White Oak Road walking trail. The trail starts from the parking lot at the corner of White Oak Road and Clairborne Road. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Battle of White Oak Road (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of White Oak Road (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of White Oak Road (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of White Oak Road (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of White Oak Road (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of White Oak Road (about 600 feet away); White Oak Road Engagement (about 600 feet away); Gravelly Run Quaker Meeting House (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a picture of Union troops with
The Battle of White Oak Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 22, 2006
3. The Battle of White Oak Road Marker
the caption, “On the morning of March 31, 1865, the 61st New York (shown here), under Brigadier General Nelson Miles, moved into the fortifications along the Boydton Plank Road off to the southeast, relieving Brigadier General Charles Griffin’s division. This maneuver allowed Griffin to shift towards the south to support the divisions of Brigadier Generals Romeyn Ayres and Samuel Crawford as they moved opposite the Confederate entrenchments.”
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Virtual Tour by Markers of the White Oak Road Battlefield. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. White Oak Road. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on December 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Saving America’s Threatened Civil War Battlefields. Civil War Preservation Trust. (Submitted on December 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Earthworks on White Oak Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 22, 2006
4. Earthworks on White Oak Road
These fortification were used by the Confederates and the Federals during the March 31, 1865 Battle of White Oak Road. They are located near the marker.
The Battle of White Oak Road Walking Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 22, 2006
5. The Battle of White Oak Road Walking Trail Map
The location of the "Moving into Position" marker is indicated on this map of the walking trail.
 
 
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