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New Kent in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Stuart's Ride
Tunstallís Station

ó 1862 Peninsula Campaign ó
 
Stuart's Ride CWT Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 15, 2012
1. Stuart's Ride CWT Marker
 
Inscription. In May 1862, Union Gen. George B. McClellan led the Army of the Potomac up the Peninsula to the gates of Richmond. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia in June and began planning a counterattack. On June 12, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart led 1,200 cavalrymen on a daring 3-day reconnaissance and discovered that the Union right was unsecured. Stuartís “Ride around McClellan” gave Lee the vital information he needed to launch the offensive known as the Seven Daysí Battles on June 26.

Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalrymen approached Tunstall's Station late in the day on June 13, 1862. Stuart ordered a detachment to cut telegraph wires and obstruct the Richmond and York River Railroad, the Army of the Potomacís main supply route. The troopers captured two squads of Union infantry and station guards without firing a shot. Next, they chopped down two telegraph poles and tried but failed to burn the railroad bridge across Black Creek.

As a train approached from the west, the cavalrymen, who had been ordered to tear up track, tried to throw the switch that would send the cars onto a siding, but a stout lock thwarted them. They then cut trees and blocked the track. Suddenly, they heard a shrill whistle. Stuart quickly posted men on a high bank overlooking the nearby railroad
 
Tunstall's Station Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 15, 2012
2. Tunstall's Station
 
cut. When the train arrived, Stuart ordered the engineer to halt. The locomotive, Speedwell was drawing a 20-car train of freight cars that held 200-300 Union soldiers. Instead of stopping, engineer Charles Condell poured on steam and crashed through the obstructions on the track as the Confederates opened fire and killed or wounded some of the Federals. A few returned fire, while others lay flat on the floors or jumped off the train and ran into the woods.

The train sped up and soon disappeared toward the well-guarded Union supply depot at White House Landing on the Pamunkey River four miles away. Knowing that the Federals would be alerted, Stuart hurried the destruction of everything that could not be carried. With prisoners in tow, he pressed on toward Talleysville.
 
Erected 2012 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 34.381′ N, 77° 5.714′ W. Marker is in New Kent, Virginia, in New Kent County. Marker is on Tunstall Station Road (Virginia Route 691) 0.1 miles east of Old Church Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Kent VA 23124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
 
Richmond & York River Railroad, facing west toward Black Creek and White House Landing. Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, March 28, 2009
3. Richmond & York River Railroad, facing west toward Black Creek and White House Landing.
"Stuart quickly posted men on a high bank overlooking the nearby railroad cut"
 
within 7 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Green v. County School Board of New Kent County (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Stuart's Ride (approx. 3.3 miles away); Stuart's Ride Around McClellan (approx. 3.4 miles away); The White House (approx. 3.4 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 3.5 miles away); Arnold Stansley (approx. 4.7 miles away); Long Bridge (approx. 6.6 miles away); Letitia Christian Tyler (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. (captions)
Gen. J.E.B. Stuart Courtesy Library of Congress
White House Landing, Pamunkey River Courtesy Library of Congress
Stuartís men firing at train, Tunstallís Station, Frank Leslieís Illustrated Newspaper – Courtesy Library of Congress
 
Also see . . .  Richmond Discoveries - Stuart's Ride. Information and map of the Stuart's Ride Civil War Trail (pdf file). (Submitted on December 16, 2012.) 
 
A band of rebels firing into the [railroad] cars near Tunstall's Station, Virginia, June 13, 1862 Photo, Click for full size
By Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, vol. 13 or 14 (1862 July 5), p. 421., 1862
4. A band of rebels firing into the [railroad] cars near Tunstall's Station, Virginia, June 13, 1862
Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-82806]
 
 
White House - Pamunkey River Photo, Click for full size
By William McIlvaine, 1864
5. White House - Pamunkey River
Library of Congress [LC-USZC4-6708]
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 163 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 16, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
 
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