Near Dinwiddie in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
"I was exceeding anxious to attack at once…"
Petersburg National Battlefield
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
"I was exceeding anxious to attack at once, for the sun was getting low, and we had to fight or go back."
Major General Philip Sheridan
On March 31, 1865 Union cavalry under General Philip Sheridan retreated down this road to the vicinity of Dinwiddie Court House driven by General George Pickett's Confederate force.
On April 1st, the reinforced Federal horsemen advanced to find the southerners — with a vengeance. Late that afternoon they were deployed, mostly dismounted, in a two mile wide line fronting the Confederates just ahead at the Five Forks intersection. They were bolstered by the arrival of infantry, the Union 5th Corps, under General Gouverneur Warren. They attacked on the cavalry's right flank as the cavalry pressed forward. Outnumbered and outmaneuvered the Confederates were routed from the battlefield.
Sheridan brought more than 6,000 dismounted cavalrymen to the frontal attack against Pickett (3,000 more remained at Dinwiddie C.H.). Warren had 12,000 infantrymen for his flank attack.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is March 31, 1865.
Location. 37° 8.075′ N, 77° 36.953′ W. Marker is near Dinwiddie, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is on Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 627) half a mile east of White Oak Road (Virginia Route 613), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10017 Courthouse Rd, Dinwiddie VA 23841, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Siege of Petersburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Siege of Petersburg — The Linchpin is Pulled (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Advanced…repulsed…charged again…" (approx. ¼ mile away); Attack on the Angle (approx. half a mile away); Five Forks Battlefield (approx. half a mile away); The Battle of Five Forks (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Five Forks (approx. half a mile away); "Hold Five Forks at all hazards…" (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dinwiddie.
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