Rice in Amelia County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Final Clash: With Fate Against Them
— Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park —
"There goes a chivalrous fellow. Let's give him three cheers."
Near this site were positioned Confederate forces commanded by General Joseph B. Kershaw. They were mainly from Mississippi and Georgia and were slightly dug in behind hastily built rail brestworks. In the final moments of the battle, Union cavalry, led by Colonel Peter Stagg, and Wheaton's infantry attacked Kershaw's right and rear. Retiring some 400 yards from this point to the rear, General Kershaw was eventually forced to surrender his command.
Taken prisoner and eventually turned over to Union cavalry General George A. Custer's headquarters, the next morning the Northern cavalryman would serenade his "guests" with tunes like "Dixie." General Kershaw remarked as Custer left the next morning, "There goes a chivalrous fellow. Let's give him three cheers." The Federal band responded now with "Bonnie Blue Flag" which was followed by a chorus of "Rebel Yells."
Erected 2012 by Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil
Location. 37° 18.232′ N, 78° 13.633′ W. Marker is in Rice, Virginia, in Amelia County. Marker can be reached from Saylers Creek Road (Virginia Route 617) 0.6 miles north of Scuffletown Road (Virginia Route 620), on the right when traveling north. Located along the Confederate overlook loop trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6541 Saylers Creek Road, Rice VA 23966, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ewell’s Line of Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); Assaulting the Confederate Battle Line (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Victory or Death (about 500 feet away); Battle of Sailors Creek (about 500 feet away); Crossing Little Sailor's Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away); Marshall’s Crossroads (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Sailor's (Sayler's) Creek (approx. half a mile away); Overton / Hillsman House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rice.
Also see . . . Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (Submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 721 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.