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Near Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Edge Hill

 
 
Edge Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
1. Edge Hill Marker
Inscription.  To the north stood William Turnbull's house, Edge Hill, headquarters of Gen. Robert E. Lee from 23 Nov. 1864 to 2 Apr. 1865 during the siege of Petersburg. Here, after dawn on 2 Apr., Lee learned of the Union attack that soon shattered his lines and spoke for the last time with Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill. Nearby, he received word of Hill's death a short time later. When the Federals approached, Lee moved his headquarters to Cottage Farm within the inner Confederate line, and that night he evacuated the Army of Northern Virginia from the city. Union artillery soon destroyed the Turnbull house. The present residence was one of the detached buildings.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number S-47.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 2, 1865.
 
Location. 37° 12.899′ N, 77° 27.266′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is
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at the intersection of West Washington Street (U.S. 1) and Boydton Plank Road (Business U.S. 460), on the right when traveling west on West Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Central State Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away); Southside Virginia Training Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mayfield (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Fort Whitworth (approx. ¾ mile away); The Battle of Fort Whitworth (approx. 0.8 miles away); Central State Hospital Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Siege of Petersburg—Grant's Eighth Offensive (approx. 1.2 miles away); Confederate Fort Gregg (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Edge Hill marker on W Washington Street (facing west). image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
2. Edge Hill marker on W Washington Street (facing west).
Site of the Turnbull House, Lee's Headquarters. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, March 29, 2009
3. Site of the Turnbull House, Lee's Headquarters.
The last of Genl. Lees Headquarters - Petersburg -after the battle image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Alred Rudolph Waud, Apr 1865
4. The last of Genl. Lees Headquarters - Petersburg -after the battle
Library of Congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-21471]
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,957 times since then and 275 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 2, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   4. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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