Meherrin in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Wrapt in Smoke”
— Wilson-Kautz Raid —
“About five o’clock we reached Meherrin’s Station…on the Danville Railroad. Here in both directions could be seen the desolating effects of war. The Depot was burnt to the ground, the water tank was still standing but its supporting posts were slowly consuming. The road bed was wrapt in smoke as far as the eye could reach…and the few inhabitants visible were dejected and despairing, and although now cringing, their dislike toward us could [not] be entirely hid.”
- Quartermaster Sgt. Roger Hannaford, 2d Ohio Cavalry
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1987.
Location. 37° 6.175′ N, 78° 22.027′ W. Marker is in Meherrin, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker is at the intersection of Moores Ordinary Road (Virginia Route 728Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Meherrin VA 23954, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Christian Day School (approx. one mile away); Blanche Kelso Bruce (approx. 3.8 miles away); CCC Company 1390 (approx. 3.8 miles away); Charlotte County / Prince Edward County (approx. 4.7 miles away); Mount Pleasant Methodist Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Joseph Morton (approx. 6.1 miles away); Old Briery Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Southside Virginia Community College (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meherrin.
More about this marker. On the center panel is a large sketch with the caption, “Artist Alfred R. Waud’s wartime drawing of Wilson’s Raid” and a smaller sketch depicting the destruction of track by Union soldiers. On the right sidebar is a photo of “Jefferson Davis”
Also see . . . Southside Virginia & Lee's Retreat. Wilson-Kautz Raid - Meherrin Station. (Submitted on May 22, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,394 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 22, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 4. submitted on May 22, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.