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Virginia (Sussex County), Jarratt — UM 12 — Jarratt's Station
On 8 May 1864 Jarratt's Station, a nearby depot on the Petersburg Railroad, was the subject of a Union cavalry raid. Brig. Gen. August V. Kautz led his division on a series of raids in early May to cut the railroad from Petersburg to Weldon, North Carolina. Kautz's cavalry tore up the road in several locations, destroyed bridges, and burned the depot at Jarratt's Station on 8 May. The raids slowed the flow of supplies to Lee's army in Richmond and Petersburg. — Map (db m18858) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Jarratt — UM 14 — Old Halifax Road
Here the highway merges with the Halifax Road, the ancient road from Petersburg to Halifax, North Carolina. Over this road Cornwallis marched in May, 1781, from Halifax to Petersburg in his invasion of Virginia. Over this road the Confederates hauled supplies during the siege of Petersburg, 1864-65, and over it parts of the Union and Confederate armies constantly passed. — Map (db m18868) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Lambs — Z 34 — Prince George County / Sussex County
(Obverse) Prince George County Area 294 Square Miles Formed in 1702 from Charles City, and named for Prince George of Denmark, husband of Queen Anne. The battles of the crater, 1864, and Fort Steadman, 1865, took place in this county. (Reverse) Sussex County Area 515 Square Miles Formed in 1753 from Surry, and named for an English county. Cornwallis passed through this county in 1781. — Map (db m18111) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — UM 18 — History At Stony Creek
In 1864, supplies for Lee's army were carted from the Weldon Railroad here to Petersburg. Here the Union Cavalryman, Wilson, returning from his raid in Burkeville, fought an action with Lee's cavalry, June 28-29, 1864. The place was raided by the Union Cavalryman, Gregg, on December 1, 1864. — Map (db m7752) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — Jones Chapel Methodist Church
Site of Jones Chapel Methodist Church Organized 1777 – Closed 1926 The 16th Virginia Annual Conference was held here in 1799. The Reverend Jesse Lee presided due to the illness of Bishop Asbury. A great revival was held here in 1787 at which time approximately Three hundred persons professed faith in Christ. — Map (db m39793) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — UM 16 — Nottoway River Crossings
Several important river crossings took place over the Nottoway River during two wars. Revolutionary War cavalry commander Lt.Col. John Graves Simcoe led British forces across the river in this area on 11 May 1781, as he rode south to join Gen. Charles Cornwallis. In mid May, Cornwallis crossed the Nottoway River nearby, and reached Petersburg on 20 May. During the Civil War, at the end of Gen. James H. and Brig. Gen. August V. Kautz's railroad raids, a portion of Gen. Wilson's forces . . . — Map (db m7821) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — K 309-a — Sappony Baptist Church
Sappony Baptist Church, originally called Sappony Meeting House, was erected here in 1773. It was a part of the Kehukee Association, which consisted of churches in North Carolina and Virginia. In 1791, these associations divided along state lines and the 19 Virginia churches became the Portsmouth Baptist Association. Church membership grew and at one point half of Sappony's congregants were enslaved people. During the Civil War battle here on 28 June 1864, the sanctuary served as a hospital. . . . — Map (db m18852) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — Sappony ChurchHampton’s Cavalry: "Too strong to be overcome" — Wilson-Kautz Raid
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 destoy track and rolling stock. While returning to the safety of the Union lines at Petersburg after accomplishing most of his mission, Wilson learned on June 28 that a small force of Confederate infantry and cavalry was posted here. About noon, Wilson attempted to force his . . . — Map (db m18841) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Stony Creek — 35-Z — Sussex County / Dinwiddie County
(obverse) Sussex County Area 515 Square Miles Formed in 1753 from Surry, and named for an English county. Cornwallis passed through this county in 1781. (reverse) Dinwiddie County Area 521 Square Miles Formed in 1752 from Prince George, and named for Robert Dinwiddie, Governor of Virginia, 1751-1756. General Winfield Scott was born in this county, and in it took place the Battle of Five Forks, 1865. — Map (db m69937) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Sussex — Sussex County Confederate Monument
(front) Our Confederate Soldiers “The principles for which they fought live eternally.” (rear) List of companies organized in and sent out from Sussex County: Co.A, 41st Va. Reg’t, Infantry, “Sussex Sharp Shooters”; Co.D, 13th Va. Reg’t, Cavalry; Co.E, 16th Va. Reg’t, Infantry; Co.F, 41st Va. Reg’t, Artillery, Wise’s Legion; Co.H, 13th Va. Reg’t, Cavalry, “Sussex Light Dragoons,” For roll of members see . . . — Map (db m39792) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Sussex — Sussex County Courthouse
Begun 1825 Completed 1828 Built by Dabney Cosby master brickmason under Thomas Jefferson in the construction of the University of Virginia Declared a National Historic Landmark 1973-Exterior restored by the Board of Supervisors and the Independence Bicentennial Commission of Sussex County 1975 — Map (db m39790) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Sussex — Sussex County War Memorial
(front) Dedicated to the memory of Sussex County citizens who gave their lives in service to their country 1917 – 1958 World War I William F. Chappell John J. Ellis George R. Evans Richmond W. Holloway Cassius P. Parsons Harvey F. Tatum Edwin F. Wrenn World War II Winston Brown Thomas D. Carr Elmer H. Council John H. Daughtry John M. Davis Floyd A. Dunning George L. Elliott George R. England Lawrence C. Gordon Wesley E. . . . — Map (db m39791) WM
Virginia (Sussex County), Sussex — UO 5 — The Cattle (Beefsteak) Raid
One mile southwest, on September 16, 1864, General Wade Hampton's Confederate Cavalry herded about 2500 head of captured cattle across the Nottoway River, while two miles northwest, at Belsches' Mill, Federal troops sent to recapture the cattle were intercepted and repulsed. — Map (db m18156) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Wakefield — K 230 — Colonel Michael Blow
One mile south on Seacock Swamp stood the home of Col. Michael Blow. He was the first Chairman of the Committee of Safety of Sussex County, member of the House of Burgesses, member of the First Virginia Convention (1774), County Justice, and colonel in the Revolutionary Army. — Map (db m35980) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Wakefield — Z 268 — Sussex County / Southampton County
(Obverse) Sussex County Area 515 Square Miles Formed in 1753 from Surry, and named for an English county. Cornwallis passed through this county in 1781. (Reverse) Southampton County Area 604 Square Miles Formed in 1748 from Isle of Wight and Nansemond. Named for a locality that was originally named for the Earl of Southampton, active in the first settlement. General William Mahone was born in this county. — Map (db m18110) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Waverly — K 309 — Coppahaunk Springs
A Nottoway Indian town was located two miles south at the springs when the English settlement was established at Jamestown in 1607. The Nottoways gave the three springs the name, Coppahaunk, meaning "good health or healing waters." About 1825, Coppahaunk Tavern was built; a post office opened in 1835. Before the Civil War, a spa resort operated here. Afterward, a private boy’s academy opened in the former tavern, and girls were later admitted. From the turn of the century until the Great . . . — Map (db m35989) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Waverly — K 306 — Early Peanut Crop
One mile northwest Dr. Matthew Harris grew the first commercial crop of peanuts in the United States, according to tradition, in or soon after 1842. — Map (db m35984) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Waverly — K 314 — Ellis Preaching House
Nearby to the northeast stood Ellis Preaching House, an early Methodist meetingplace in Sussex County. Francis Asbury, a pioneering Methodist leader and circuit rider, first visited the Ellis family in 1775 and later conducted services at the preaching house on numerous occasions. The Ellis Preaching House, built by 1782, received its name because it was constructed on property owned by William Ellis. Annual conference meetings were held there in April 1782, May 1783, and April 1784. After the . . . — Map (db m35985) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Waverly — K 308 — Miles B. Carpenter
Miles B. Carpenter (1889-1985) moved to a Sussex County peanut farm from Pennsylvania in 1902. He entered the lumber business in 1912 with a planing mill and sawmill. When business slowed during World War II, he whittled figures but did not carve in earnest until the 1960s, when his watermelons, peanut men, and whimsical monsters earned him a national reputation as a folk artist. Carpenter's woodcarvings reflected the influence of Sussex County's two major industries: lumber and peanuts. — Map (db m35988) HM
Virginia (Sussex County), Yale — U0-6 — Antioch Baptist Church
Antioch Baptist Church was the first of its denomination in Sussex County and one of the earliest in Virginia. It was formed on 13 June 1772 with 87 members, the result of effective preaching by Elder John Meglamre, of Kehukee Baptist Church in Halifax, North Carolina. In 1777 the reformed Kehukee Association of 19 Baptist churches in Virginia and North Carolina held its organizational meeting here. Known as Raccoon Swamp Meetinghouse until 1852. Antioch was the mother church of six . . . — Map (db m69386) HM
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