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

Dinwiddie Court House

Turning North

 

—Wilson-Kautz Raid —

 
Dinwiddie Court House CWT Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
1. Dinwiddie Court House CWT Marker
Inscription. In June 1864, to deny Gen. Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side R.R. and the Richmond and Danville R.R., Gen, Ulysses S. Grant sent Gen. James H. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destroy track and rolling stock. After burning stores at Ream’s Station on June 22, the Federals rode south for eight miles to make the Confederates think the Weldon R.R. (to N.C.) was the object of the raid. Wilson’s men turned west to Dinwiddie Court House to intersect the South Side R.R. Gen. W.H.F. “Rooney” Lee’s Confederate cavalry harassed Wilson’s rear guard from Ream’s Station for ten miles to this place. The Confederates reported taking at least ten prisoners. The Federals remained here until 4 p.m., destroying some county records and appropriating local livestock before turning north toward the South Side R.R.

“[The Federals] remained until four o’clock occupying themselves during their stay in destroying the county records, liberating prisoners, stealing poultry, etc.” - Confederate news report, Richmond Daily Dispatch, June 24, 1864

“About five p.m. our advance guard came up with them and had a skirmish, taking ten prisoners, killing and wounding some and losing slightly.” - Confederate news report, Richmond Daily Dispatch, June 24, 1864

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Dinwiddie Courthouse built in 1851. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
2. Dinwiddie Courthouse built in 1851.
This Courthouse was active through 1998, and is now being restored as a museum.
the little village of Dinwiddie Court House, the enemy appeared in greater force, but was repulsed by the Twenty-Second New York, which formed on each side of the road, and as the First Vermont fell back by the road, received the enemy with a sharp fire.” - George G. Benedict, 1st Vermont Cavalry

 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 4.648′ N, 77° 35.241′ W. Marker is in Dinwiddie, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of Sycamore Drive and Boydton Plank Road (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling south on Sycamore Drive. Click for map. The CWT marker is located on the lawn in front of Dinwiddie Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Dinwiddie VA 23841, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Education in Dinwiddie County (here, next to this marker); Battle of Dinwiddie Court House (a few steps from this marker); The War of 1812 / Winfield Scott (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scott's Law Office (about 400 feet away); Dinwiddie Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Vaughan Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chamberlain's Bed (approx. one mile away but has been reported missing); Campaign of 1781 (approx. 1.4 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Dinwiddie.
 
More about this marker. On the lower right is a painting of "Dinwiddie Court House during the Civil War." – The Tharpe Collection
 
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Traveler. Wilson-Kautz Raid. (Submitted on April 2, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Virginia's Retreat. Wilson-Kautz Raid. (Submitted on April 2, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. CWSAC Battle Summary. Staunton River Bridge. (Submitted on April 2, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 874 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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