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

Ford's Depot

The Destruction Begins

 

—Wilson-Kautz Raid —

 
Ford's Depot CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
1. Ford's Depot 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. The Wilson-Kautz raiders reached this point at sundown on June 22, and destroyed two trains and military supplies. A passenger train from the west stopped just short of the station, reversed course and backed all the way to Burkeville (about 35 miles) where news of the raid was telegraphed to Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond. Late in the evening, Gen. W.H.F. “Rooney” Lee’s cavalry fought a brief skirmish with the raiders.

“The [Confederate] train was hailed by Colonel Lewis of Dinwiddie, who informed us that the enemy were at Ford’s. We backed about three miles, then sent forward a crank which did not return. Then four men on foot went toward Ford’s. We gave them ample time to scout the railroad and report, but failing to do so the train was at once moved to this place [Burkeville]. I could not learn the force of the enemy; only heard it was large.” - Major Robert G. Mosby, C.S.A., telegram to Richmond

“About sundown the Southside railroad was reached a little west of Sutherland’s, and destruction of ties, rails, culverts and
Ford's Depot Marker (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
2. Ford's Depot Marker (facing north)
bridges began in earnest. The night was soon illuminated by the destroying fires. Our march now lay along the railroad, and was continued as far as Ford’s, where we halted about eleven p.m., after capturing two trains, one passenger and one freight. The engines hating been set on fire by the men with rails and boards piled around them, made the night hideous with their unearthly shrieks, which continued for several hours, disturbing the rest, which weary and sleepy, we sought in vain to enjoy.”
– Louis Bouydre 5th New York Cavalry
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 8.963′ N, 77° 44.127′ W. Marker is in Ford, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore Road and Zion Road, on the right when traveling north on Baltimore Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ford VA 23850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Burning of White Oak Methodist Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); A Final Stand (approx. 5.4 miles away); Battle of Five Forks
RR siding at Ford, Va. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 10, 2009
3. RR siding at Ford, Va.
(approx. 5.8 miles away); Crawford’s Sweep (approx. 6.2 miles away); Death of Pegram (approx. 6.2 miles away); Digging In (approx. 6.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Five Forks (approx. 6.2 miles away); Five Forks Battlefield (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. On the upper center is as sketch of troopers at work destroying track. On the lower right are photographic depictions of "Destroying railroads included heating and "wrapping" the rails."
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Traveler - Southside Virginia & Lee's Retreat. Wilson-Kautz Raid. Ford's Depot (Submitted on May 18, 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 815 times since then and 98 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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