Near Reams in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Reams Station
The siege of Petersburg lasted until April 1865 when Grant finally cut the last supply line to Petersburg, the South Side Railroad. The Confederates immediately abandoned Petersburg and Richmond. Only a week later, on April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House.
Erected by Civil War Preservation Trust.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant
Location. 37° 5.649′ N, 77° 25.386′ W. Marker is near Reams, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of Reams Drive (County Route 606) and Halifax Road (County Route 604), on the right when traveling west on Reams Drive. Located in Civil War Preservation Trust's Reams Station Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Carolina (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Reams Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Reams Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ream's Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Ream's Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Reams Station (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Reams Station (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Petersburg Railroad (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reams.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a drawing of the Union army marching into Petersburg, with the caption, The Confederates may have won the battle here at Reams Station, but ultimately Robert E. Lee was not able to prevent the Federals from cutting his supply line. After eight more months of siege and Federal attack, Lee was forced to evacuate Petersburg and Richmond. This image from Harper's Weekly shows the Union army marching into Petersburg on April 2, 1865.
Also see . . .
1. Reams Station. National Park Service site detailing the phases of the battle. (Submitted on November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Reams Station Preservation Efforts. The Civil War Preservation Trust continues (Submitted on November 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,464 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on March 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on December 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.