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South Boston in Halifax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Crossing of the Dan River

 
 
The Crossing of the Dan River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 8, 2022
1. The Crossing of the Dan River Marker
Inscription.  Thousands of feet scrambled up this riverbank.

Greene's army arrived at the far bank of the surging river on February 14, 1781. Along the river, at Boyd's Ferry and nearby Irwin's Ferry, bloody feet stumbled into boats to cross, and horses swam desperately through the current. The last Americans crossed the river in darkness and the first British arrived soon after. With all the boats pulled to the north riverbank, the British could advance no further. Greene had won the race to the Dan River, leaving Cornwallis with nothing but his exhausted army.

"The enemy have been pressing our rear and are in full march not three miles from our camp. But we are happy to have the river between us..." American General Nathanael Greene on the north bank of the Dan River. February 15, 1781

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General Greene, on horseback, welcomes the last of his army across the Dan River on February 14, 1781 at Boyd's Ferry. (Painting courtesy of Werner Willis)
The army's horses swam across the river along with the ferry boats that carried soldiers and supplies.

 
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listed in these topic lists: War, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is February 14, 1781.
 
Location. 36° 41.589′ N, 78° 54.196′ W. Marker is in South Boston, Virginia, in Halifax County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Seymour Drive and Ferry Street, on the left when traveling west. Located just west of the Norfolk Southern RR bridge below the Tobacco Heritage Trail overlooking the Dan River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Boston VA 24592, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Race to the Dan (here, next to this marker); What a Way to Cross the River! (here, next to this marker); Boyd's Ferry on the Dan River (here, next to this marker); Crossing of the Dan Monument (here, next to this marker); From Here to Victory at Yorktown (a few steps from this marker); Refuge and Recovery in Halifax County (a few steps from this marker); DAR Memorial Cannon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Crossing of the Dan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Boston.
 
Crossing of the Dan Monument & Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, September 8, 2022
2. Crossing of the Dan Monument & Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2022, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 10, 2022, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   2. submitted on September 9, 2022, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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