Near Reams in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Federal Debacle: “The retreat was a route”
—Wilson-Kautz Raid —
"At Ream's Station we had a little excitement. We, with just one brigade...were charged by a whole corps of cavalry. They came toward us on their horses at full speed, but their guns being wet, failed to fire. They then drew their sabers and came right on.... We fired at them and by this time they were right upon us.... One of my friends failed to work his gun just right and got part of his scalp taken off. He immediately turned and ran toward the 'Yanks',
"Those horses - coming with strained nostrils, leaping and foaming, while the riders stood in the stirrups, with saber gleaming in the sunlight, and all screaming at the top of their voices. On! On! They came. A leap and we are safe. Not a hoof has touched us. But look! The infantry has formed a hollow square, and our horses are reeling and falling, while non of our men can reach foe with saber. Back the come! The fight is over and the army is scattered."
-Horace W. Bolton, 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 5.768′ N, 77° 25.245′ W. Marker is near Reams, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Acorn Drive 0.1 miles south of Oak Grove Road (County Route 606), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in front of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Ream's Station (here, The Battle of Reams Station (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Reams Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Reams Station (about 800 feet away); North Carolina (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Reams Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Reams Station (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Petersburg Railroad (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reams.
More about this marker. In the lower left of the marker is a map showing movements of the battle described in the text.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,528 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.