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

Wilson-Kautz Raid

"Destroy both those roads"

 
 
Wilson-Kautz Raid CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
1. Wilson-Kautz Raid CWT Marker
Inscription. In late June 1864, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia were engaged in a desperate defense of the city of Petersburg. Victory for Lee depended on a steady flow of supplies, brought in by rail. To force Lee from Petersburg, Union Gen. U.S. Grant planned to cut Southern supply lines and ordered a cavalry raid to tear up track and destroy railroad stations and bridges. On June 22, 1864, Union Gens. James H. Wilson and August V. Kautz, commanding more than 5,000 cavalry troops, left Petersburg to destroy track on the Richmond & Danville R.R. and the South Side R.R.

Follow in the footsteps of Gens. Wilson and Kautz along the Virginia Civil War Trails Wilson-Kautz Raid, a tour route that allows you to explore more than 40 Civil War sites in southside Virginia. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along our trail.
 
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° 12.194′ W. Marker is in Burkeville, Virginia, in Nottoway County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 2nd Street NW (Business U.S. 460) and Maple Road. Click for map
Wilson-Kautz Raid Map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
2. Wilson-Kautz Raid Map
. This 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. Burkeville Junction (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Burkeville Junction (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 right is a map of the Wilson-Kautz Raid route with several insets: "Artist Alfred R. Waud's wartime drawing of the Wilson-Kautz Raid."; photos of "Gen. James H. Wilson" and "Gen. August V. Kautz"; a photo with the caption, "Capt. Benjamin L. Farinholt helped to defend Staunton River Bridge from the raiders."; and a photo with the caption, "This communion set was stolen by the raiders from St. John's Church and recovered days later at Ream's Station."
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Traveler - Southside Virginia & Lee's Retreat
Wilson-Kautz Raid Marker PDF image. Click for full size.
3. Wilson-Kautz Raid Marker PDF
. Wilson-Kautz Raid. Burkeville Junction. (Submitted on May 18, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Burkeville CWT Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
4. Burkeville CWT Markers
Markers at Burkeville Depot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
5. Markers at Burkeville Depot
Burkeville Depot image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
6. Burkeville Depot
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 944 times since then and 112 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   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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