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Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Reams — The Battle of Reams Station — The Exposed Position of the Federal Artillery
The first field fortifications were built at Reams Station on July 1, 1864 by soldiers of the Union Sixth Corps while tearing up the railroad following the return of the ill-fated Wilson-Kautz cavalry raid. Hastily thrown up, the works were "L" shaped with the small arm of the "L" running north-south along the Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad and the other face angled northwest. Whe Federal soldiers arrived at the works on August 23rd they found that the trenches had been ravaged by weather. . . . — Map (db m13797) HM
Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Reams — The Battle of Reams Station — The Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad
As early as September 1829, business interests in Petersburg wanted to build a railroad between Petersburg, Virginia and Weldon, North Carolina. The railroad would connect the Appomattox and Roanoke river and attract trade away from Norfolk, Virginia (which was connected to North Carolina by a canal). The Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad was incorporated on February 10, 1830 making it one of the earliest railroads in the United States. By 1833, a trip could be made along sixty miles of the line. . . . — Map (db m13795) HM
Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Reams — The Battle of Reams Station — Oak Grove United Methodist Church
In front of you is second location where the original church building stood after the Civil War. The first location was east of here and across the Civil War-era Halifax Road (now Acorn Drive). It was built around 1820 and first known as Hubbard's Meeting House; the church's name was changed to Oak Grove Methodist Church before the war. Caught between two armies during the Battle of Reams Station, the little church served as a hospital for Union troops until they could be removed to their own . . . — Map (db m13793) HM
Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Reams — North Carolina
The following North Carolina units honorably and gallantly participated in the action at Reams Station on August 25, 1864 Infantry Lane's Brigade Seventh, Eighteenth, Twenty-Eighth, Thirty-Third, Thirty-Seventh Scale's Brigade Thirteenth, Sixteenth, Twenty-Second, Thirty-Fourth, Thirty-Eighth Cooke's Brigade Fifteenth, Twenty-Seventh, Forty-Sixth, Forty-Eighth Kirkland's - MacRae's Brigade Eleventh, Twenty-Sixth, Forty-Fourth, Forty-Seventh, Fifty-Second Cavalry Gorden's - Barringer's Brigade . . . — Map (db m13792) HM
Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Reams — The Battle of Reams Station — Afterwards
While Robert E. Lee won the Battle of Reams Station, preventing the Federals from destroying more of the Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad, and keeping much of his supply line intact, the Confederate victory was one in a series of tactical Southern triumphs that were actually strategic Union victories. General U.S. Grant, with more men and more supplies than General Lee, hit first one side of the Confederate line, then the other. Lee was forced to react, sending his already exhausted men scurrying . . . — Map (db m13791) HM
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