New Kent in New Kent County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
— 1862 Peninsula Campaign —
Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalrymen approached Tunstall's Station late in the day on June 13, 1862. Stuart ordered a detachment to cut telegraph wires and obstruct the Richmond and York River Railroad, the Army of the Potomac’s main supply route. The troopers captured two squads of Union infantry and station guards without firing a shot. Next, they chopped down two telegraph poles and tried but failed to burn the railroad bridge across Black Creek.
As a train approached from the west, the cavalrymen, who had been ordered to tear up track, tried to throw the switch that would send the cars
The train sped up and soon disappeared toward the well-guarded Union supply depot at White House Landing on the Pamunkey River four miles away. Knowing that the Federals would be alerted, Stuart hurried the destruction of everything that could not be carried. With prisoners in tow, he pressed on toward Talleysville.
Erected 2012 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.
Location. 37° 34.381′ N, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Kent VA 23124, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Green v. County School Board of New Kent County (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Stuart's Ride (approx. 3.3 miles away); Stuart's Ride Around McClellan (approx. 3.4 miles away); The White House (approx. 3.4 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 3˝ miles away); Arnold Stansley (approx. 4.7 miles away); Harold J. Neale (approx. 5.8 miles away); a different marker also named Harold J. Neale (approx. 6 miles away).
More about this marker. (captions)
Gen. J.E.B. Stuart Courtesy Library of Congress
White House Landing, Pamunkey River Courtesy Library of Congress
Stuart’s men firing at train, Tunstall’s Station, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper – Courtesy Library of Congress
Also see . . . Richmond Discoveries - Stuart's Ride. Information and map of the Stuart's Ride Civil War Trail (pdf file). (Submitted on December 16, 2012.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 844 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 16, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.