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Deatonville in Amelia County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Deatonville

“Continuous shifting battle”

 

óLee's Retreat ó

 
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By Bernard Fisher, May 19, 2018
1. Deatonville Marker
Inscription. Through early morning showers on April 6, 1865. Gen. Robert E. Lee's weary men and creaking wagons slogged west toward Farmville and expected rations. They passed through Deatonville, “a cluster of half-a-dozen brick farmhouses,” and marched down the road in front of you. Gen. John B. Gordon, following the wagon train with his Second Corps as the rear guard, later wrote of those endless days: “On and on, hour after hour, from hilltop to hilltop, the lines were alternately forming, fighting, and retreating, making one almost continuous shifting battle.”

As pursuing Federal forces closed in, Gen. William G. Lewisís North Carolina brigade and Gen. Clement Evansí Georgia brigade hastily erected “a formidable line of rifle pits and breastworks” to your left. When Union Gen. Byron R. Pierceís brigade and Lt. Col. William Hobsonís 17th Maine Infantry struck Gordonís line, a brief, vicious fight occurred. Maj. Charles Mattocks took command after Hobson was wounded in the thigh, and “with the colors, and as many of the regiment as could keep up, charged with a yell, rushed over the breastworks, and captured about one hundred men, ten or twelve officers, and one battle flag [21st North Carolina Infantry].” The Confederate artillery and 300 of Gordonís men managed
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By Bernard Fisher, May 19, 2018
2. Deatonville Marker
to escape.

The Federals also captured part of the wagon train. A soldier described it as “loaded with furniture,[silver] plate, libraries, costly wardrobes—almost everything that can be moved. The wealthy of Richmond and Petersburg are fleeing, they know not wither.”
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 19.737′ N, 78° 10.119′ W. Marker is in Deatonville, Virginia, in Amelia County. Marker is on East Sayler's Creek Road (Virginia Route 617) west of South Genito Road (Virginia Route 616), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in parking the lot of Sandy Creek Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25450 E Sayler's Creek Rd, Jetersville VA 23083, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Deatonville (here, next to this marker); W. R. Turner Memorial Trek (approx. 2.4 miles away); Holtís Corner (approx. 2Ĺ miles away); a different marker also named Holt's Corner (approx. 2Ĺ miles away); Hillsman House (approx. 3.2 miles away); Overton / Hillsman House (approx. 3.2 miles away); Battle of Sailor's (Sayler's) Creek (approx. 3.2 miles away); Amelia Springs (approx. 3.3 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2018, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 122 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2018, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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