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Near Farmville in Cumberland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cumberland Church

Lee’s Retreat

 

— April 7, 1865 —

 
Cumberland Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
1. Cumberland Church Marker
Inscription.  
Union troops arrived here after crossing the Appomattox River at High Bridge and found Lee’s army entrenched around the church. After a series of Union attacks, Lee was forced to delay his movement until nightfall when he began marching towards Appomattox.

Next Stop
High Bridge
4.8 miles
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 20.737′ N, 78° 23.127′ W. Marker is near Farmville, Virginia, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Cumberland Road (Virginia Route 45), on the right when traveling south. Located at a pull off in front of the church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Farmville VA 23901, 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. A different marker also named Cumberland Church (here, next to this marker); Engagement at Cumberland Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); James F. Lipscomb (approx. one mile away); Needham Law School (approx.
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By Craig Swain
2. Cumberland Church Markers
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1.6 miles away); Lest We Forget (approx. 2.3 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 2.4 miles away); Confederate Cemetery (approx. 2.4 miles away); Bizarre (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmville.
 
More about this marker. Below the main text of the marker is a map of the retreat showing important stops along the route.
 
Regarding Cumberland Church. Part of a driving tour following General Robert E. Lee's route from Petersburg to Appomattox. While visiting the site a more detailed description is played on short range radio on AM1610. Or call 1-800-6-retreat.
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
3. Cumberland Church
On April 7, 1865, Union troops of the II Corps attacked Confederates entrenched around this church. The Confederates repulsed the attacks until nightfall ended the fighting.
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By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
4. Confederate Lines
Looking south from the marker location. Longstreet's Corps deployed on the east side of the road, in what is today residences.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,239 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on April 25, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on April 24, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2. submitted on April 29, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4. submitted on April 29, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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