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Near Randolph in Halifax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of Staunton River Bridge

 
 
Battle of Staunton River Bridge UDC Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 22, 2004
1. Battle of Staunton River Bridge UDC Marker
Inscription.
The Battle of Staunton River Bridge
was fought here June 25, 1864
Capt. Benj. L. Farinholt 53rd Va. Inf. with
296 men reinforced by 642 citizens
and soldiers from Halifax Charlotte
and Mecklenburg counties Virginia
Defeated
Col. R.M. West 5th Penn. Cavalry
Supported by the 3rd New York

This monument placed by Halifax
County Chapter U.D.C. and the
State of Virginia

 
Erected by Halifax County Chapter U.D.C.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
 
Location. 36° 52.922′ N, 78° 42.11′ W. Marker is near Randolph, Virginia, in Halifax County. Marker can be reached from Black Walnut Road (County Route 600) half a mile north of Fort Hill Trail. Click for map. This marker is located in the Staunton River Battlefield State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Randolph VA 23962, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carrington's Mill (approx. 3.9 miles away); Henrietta Lacks (approx. 4.9 miles away); Wylliesburgh (approx. 6.3 miles
Nearby Fort Hill just east of the bridge. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 22, 2004
2. Nearby Fort Hill just east of the bridge.
On the south bank of the river, the Confederates had four pieces of artillery here and two more in a small works west of the bridge.
away); Paul Carrington (approx. 6.4 miles away); Staunton Bridge Action (approx. 6.4 miles away); Roanoke Plantation (approx. 6.4 miles away); Halifax Church (approx. 7.6 miles away); Salem School (approx. 8.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Staunton River Battlefield State Park. Historic Staunton River Foundation (Submitted on June 25, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation. Staunton River Battlefield State Park. (Submitted on June 25, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Civil War Traveler - Southside Virginia & Lee's Retreat. Wilson-Kautz Raid (Submitted on June 25, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. Staunton River Bridge. CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on June 16, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Wilson-Kautz Raid
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsForts, CastlesRailroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Staunton River Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 22, 2004
3. Staunton River Bridge
The final objective of the Wilson-Kautz cavalry raid was to destroy the Richmond & Danville railroad bridge over the Staunton River (the original was a covered bridge).
Roanoke River (known locally as Staunton River). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 22, 2004
4. Roanoke River (known locally as Staunton River).
Roanoke Station (present-day Randolph). image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 22, 2004
5. Roanoke Station (present-day Randolph).
North of the bridge, Federal troopers dismounted and formed up to cross the open fields toward the bridge.
Richmond & Danville Railroad bed. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 22, 2004
6. Richmond & Danville Railroad bed.
The Federal troopers approached the bridge along both sides of this railroad.
Union right flank west of the railroad. The tree line on the left fronts the river. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, August 22, 2004
7. Union right flank west of the railroad. The tree line on the left fronts the river.
Col. Samuel R Spear's 1st D.C. and 11th Pa. approached along the east side of the railroad and Col. Robert M. West's 5th Pa. and 3rd N.Y. along the west side.

"I formed an assaulting party and directed it up the embankment, in the hope that by a quick move we might obtain possession of the main bridge sufficiently long enough to fire it. The men tried repeatedly to gain a foothold on the railroad, and to advance along the sides of the embankment, but could not." - Colonel Robert M. West
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,534 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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