Prince George in Prince George County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Beefsteak Raid
Wade Hampton’s Cattle Raid
Successfully reaching their destination two days later, the Confederates overwhelmed the guards and rounded up 2,500 head of cattle. To the south and at Sycamore Church, another contingent of Southern cavalry skirmished with a Federal outpost, capturing most of the command.
After recrossing the Blackwater Swamp, Hampton’s horsemen sent the captured herd on a more southerly route across the Jerusalem Plank Road at Hawkinsville, heading toward Freeman’s Ford on the Nottoway River. To the northwest, near Belsches Mill at Ebenezer Church,
By the morning of Sept. 17, Hampton was back in his lines with the fresh beef for Lee’s commissary. His men had captured more than 300 Union prisoners and 2,486 steers (about 2 million pounds of beef). Confederate losses during the foray were 10 killed, 47 wounded and four missing.
Shortly after the raid, Grant was having dinner when one of the officers who attempted to stop Hampton said, “General, how long will it take to starve out Lee and take Richmond?” The commanding general replied, “Forever, General, if you keep feeding Lee’s army with beef.”
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1935.
Location. 37° 14.477′ N, 77° 14.84′ W. Marker is in Prince George, Virginia, in Prince George County. Marker is at the intersection of Ruffin Road (Virginia Route 106) and Old Stage Road, on the right when traveling east on Ruffin Road. Marker is at the southwest corner of the intersection of Ruffin Road and Old Stage Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Prince George VA 23875, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bailey's Creek (here, next to this marker); Jordan's Point (here, next to this marker); World War II Memorial (approx. 2˝ miles away); Prince George Court House (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Prince George Court House (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Clerk's Office (approx. 2.6 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 2.6 miles away); Confederate Soldiers of Prince George Co. (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Prince George.
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a picture of “Captured cattle returning through Prince George County, Virginia.” The right of the marker contains a map of the troop movements during the Beefsteak Raid.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers relating to the Beefsteak Raid.
Also see . . .
1. The Beefsteak Raid. The Civil War Siege of Petersburg website. (Submitted on December 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Wade Hampton and the Great Beefsteak Raid. Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton website by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. (Submitted on December 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,553 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.