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Wylliesburg in Charlotte County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


First Rest

— Wilson-Kautz Raid —

Wylliesburgh Civil War Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 5, 2011
1. Wylliesburgh Civil War Trails Marker
Inscription.  In June 1864, to deny General Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side Railroad and the Richmond and Danville Railroad, General Ulysses S. Grant sent General James H. Wilson and General August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destroy track and rolling stock. Wylliesburgh was the first place the raiders stopped to rest after their repulse at Staunton River Bridge the previous day, June 25. Each brigade paused here for about two hours to make coffee and reorganize before continuing east towards the safety of the Union lines at Petersburg. The expedition had fulfilled Grant’s orders to destroy as much track as possible until the Confederates massed enough force to attack effectively. From this point on, the Wilson-Kautz raiders were in a race to safety, with the Confederate cavalry in hot pursuit.

“I not only had to choose my route and bring off my wounded, but make my way rapidly toward our army [in Petersburg] through the forest and small farms which covered the intervening country. It was, of course, almost impossible to return by the road I had come out on, and, looking over my maps, I concluded that my best
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chances lay due east through Wyliesburg, Christianville, and Greensborough. ... After resting, feeding, and caring for our horses and our wounded, of whom we now had something like two hundred in ambulances and country carriages, we silently took the road at midnight, passing noiselessly under the enemy’s guns not over four hundred yards away, and pushed on till daylight, when we found ourselves at Wyliesville with no enemy in sight.” —General James H. Wilson, Expedition Commander.

“The work of these two last days, performed under a burning sun and over hot fires, was extremely exhausting, and many of the men have not a never will recover from its effects. Not succeeding in burning the [Staunton River] bridge the command commenced its return about 11 P.M. Sunday, June [25], striking to eastward in the direction of Christianville, camping between Christianvile and Lewisburg [Lewiston, the county seat, present-day Lunenburg]. This was the hottest day of the raid, the thermometer standing at 105 [degrees] Farenheit in the shade at 2:30 P.M.” —Lieutenant Colonel George A. Purington, 2nd Ohio Cavalry
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In
Wylliesburgh Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 5, 2011
2. Wylliesburgh Marker
addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1864.
Location. 36° 51.25′ N, 78° 35.65′ W. Marker is in Wylliesburg, Virginia, in Charlotte County. Marker is at the intersection of Jackson-Vaughan Road (County Route 607) and Moody Circle Road, on the left when traveling west on Jackson-Vaughan Road. It is beside the Jackson 1908 Hardware and General Store, 2/10 of a mile from the Post Office at U.S. 15. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 725 Jackson-Vaughan Rd, Wylliesburg VA 23976, 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. Paul Carrington (approx. ¼ mile away); Roanoke Plantation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Staunton Bridge Action (approx. half a mile away); The War of 1812 / War of 1812 Opposition — John Randolph (approx. half a mile away); Charlotte County / Mecklenburg County (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Battle of Staunton River Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Salem School (approx. 6.3 miles away); Wilson-Kautz Raid (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wylliesburg.
More about this marker. There is an etching by Edwin Forbes reproduced in the center of the marker showing soldiers brewing coffee.
Also see . . .
The Jackson Hardware and General Store and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 5, 2011
3. The Jackson Hardware and General Store and Marker
 The Wilson-Kautz Raid. (Submitted on March 10, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 868 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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