Meherrin in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Wrapt in Smoke”
—Wilson-Kautz Raid —
“About five o’clock we reached Meherrin’s Station…on the Danville Railroad. Here in both directions could be seen the desolating effects of war. The Depot was burnt to the ground, the water tank was still standing but its supporting posts were slowly consuming. The road bed was wrapt in smoke as far as the eye could reach…and the few inhabitants visible were dejected and despairing, and although now cringing, their dislike toward us could [not] be entirely hid.”
- Quartermaster Sgt. Roger Hannaford, 2d Ohio Cavalry
Confederate president Jefferson Davis, members of his Cabinet, and a guard from the Confederate navy to protect the Confederate treasury passed through Meherrin Station on their way to
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 6.175′ N, 78° 22.027′ W. Marker is in Meherrin, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker is at the intersection of Moores Ordinary Road (Virginia Route 728) and Stagecoach Road (County Route 630), on the left when traveling west on Moores Ordinary Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Meherrin VA 23954, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School Blanche Kelso Bruce (approx. 3.8 miles away); CCC Company 1390 (approx. 3.8 miles away); Charlotte County / Prince Edward County (approx. 4.7 miles away); Joseph Morton (approx. 6.1 miles away); Old Briery Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Southside Virginia Community College (approx. 6.9 miles away); Early Exploration (approx. 7 miles away).
More about this marker. On the center panel is a large sketch with the caption, “Artist Alfred R. Waud’s wartime drawing of Wilson’s Raid” and a smaller sketch depicting the destruction of track by Union soldiers. On the right sidebar is a photo of “Jefferson Davis”
Also see . . . Southside Virginia & Lee's Retreat. Wilson-Kautz Raid - Meherrin Station. (Submitted on May 22, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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