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

Burkeville Junction

Critical Junction

 

—Lee’s Retreat —

 
Burkeville Junction CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
1. Burkeville Junction CWT Marker
Inscription. Here at Burkeville Junction, the Richmond and Danville Railroad - the most direct route to North Carolina - crossed the South Side Railroad, which ran west to Farmville. Gen. Robert E. Lee planned to lead the Army of Northern Virginia down the former rail line from Amelia Court House. When part of the Army of the Potomac, one of the Union armies commanded by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, blocked the way at Jetersville on April 5, 1865, Lee turned west. He intended to follow the South Side Railroad through Farmville toward Lynchburg then to march south once more and join his army with that of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston in North Carolina. Surrounded and outnumbered at Appomattox Court House, however, he surrendered on April 9, 1865.

That morning, not long before the arrangements for the surrender were made, a life ended near here in Burke’s Tavern. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, mortally wounded north of Farmville on April 7, died here about 4 a.m. He was the last Union general to die in the Civil War.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 11.353′ N, 78° 12.197′ W. Marker is in Burkeville, Virginia
Burkeville Junction Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
2. Burkeville Junction Map
, in Nottoway County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 2nd Street NW (Business U.S. 460) and Maple Road. Click for map. The marker is located in front of the Burkeville Depot. Marker is in this post office area: Burkeville VA 23922, 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 Burkeville Junction (here, next to this marker); Wilson-Kautz Raid (here, next to this marker); Burkeville (within shouting distance of this marker); Ingleside Training Institute (approx. 0.7 miles away); Prince Edward County / Nottoway County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ella Graham Agnew (approx. 2.5 miles away); T. O. Sandy (approx. 2.5 miles away); Old Nottoway Meeting House (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Burkeville.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left are photos of “Gen. Thomas A. Smyth” and “Burke’s Tavern”, where he died. On the right is an area map with two insets of drawings by Charles W. Reed: “Nottoway Station” and “Burkeville Junction”
 
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Traveler - Southside Virginia & Lee's Retreat. Lee’s Retreat to Appomattox. Burkeville. (Submitted on May 18, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Civil War Traveler - Southside Virginia & Lee's Retreat
Burkeville CWT Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
3. Burkeville CWT Markers
. Lee's Retreat: Radio Message Scripts. Stop 23: Burkeville Junction. (Submitted on May 18, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Burke's Tavern. (PDF) National Register nomination form for Burke's Tavern, pictured on the marker. The tavern stands at the intersection of CR 607 and CR 621, west of Burkeville. General Thomas Smythe died in the tavern on April 9, 1865. (Submitted on April 28, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Burkeville Depot image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
4. Burkeville Depot
"Wing Map" on the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
5. "Wing Map" on the Marker
Burkeville Junction (facing east) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 22, 2004
6. Burkeville Junction (facing east)
The Richmond & Danville RR (left) crosses the South Side RR (right).
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,064 times since then and 125 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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