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Vera in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lee's Rear Guard

Lee's Retreat

 
 
Lee’s Rear Guard on Lee's Retreat Trail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. Lee’s Rear Guard on Lee's Retreat Trail
Lee's Retreat is a driving tour following General Robert E. Lee's route from Petersburg to Appomattox.
Inscription.  April 8, 1865.
General Longstreet built breastworks here to protect the rear of Lee's army at Appomattox Court House. On the morning of April 9, General Lee arrived hoping to meet General Grant. After learning that he was approaching from another route, Lee rode back to the village.

Next Stop
Battle of Appomattox Station
7 miles
 
Erected by Virginia's Retreat.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1814.
 
Location. 37° 25.008′ N, 78° 45.638′ W. Marker is in Vera, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is on Howe Flood Highway (State Highway 24), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Lee’s Rear Guard (here, next to this marker); Thomas S. Bocock (approx. 0.4 miles away); ANV Headquarters
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(approx. 2.1 miles away); Lee’s Last Headquarters (approx. 2.1 miles away); Confederates Trapped (approx. 2.1 miles away); Historic Vegetation (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lee's Apple Tree (approx. 2.7 miles away); Artillery Park (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vera.
 
More about this marker. Below the main text of the marker is a map of the retreat showing important stops along the route.
 
Regarding Lee's Rear Guard. Part of a driving tour following General Robert E. Lee's route from Petersburg to Appomattox. While visiting the site a more detailed description is played on short range radio on AM1610. Or call 1-800-6-retreat.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lee's Retreat to Appomattox. Civil War Traveler guide to the retreat. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

2. Lee's Retreat. From Virginia's Retreat. (Submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Lee’s Rear Guard Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
2. Lee’s Rear Guard Markers
Two markers for Lee’s Rear Guard are at this location.
Confederate earthworks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
3. Confederate earthworks
These earthworks were dug by Longstreet's men to protect Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. They were the last ones made in Virginia during the Civil War.
Lee's Headquarters at Appomattox Court House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
4. Lee's Headquarters at Appomattox Court House
The Army of Northern Virginia was camped in this location when Gen. Longstreet set up him men to act as a rear guard.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,204 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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