Near Rice in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Sailorís Creek
óLeeís Retreat ó
Gordonís corps, which served as the rear guard for the Army of Northern Virginia, also protected the Confederate wagon train. To avoid the fighting near the Hillsman House, the train was rerouted first to the northwest and then south on this road. At the bottom of this hill, where double bridges crossed Little Sailorís Creek and Big Sailorís Creek, the wagon train bogged down. Humphreys first drove Gordon from his position here then pressed him across the creek. By the end of the battle, as the sun was setting, the Confederates had lost some 1,700 men – most of them as prisoners – to the Federalsí 536. The remnant of Gordonís corps continued its march to Farmville, but about 300 wagons and seventy ambulances fell into Union hands.
After the fighting ended for the night, the Lockett House became a field hospital.
Gen. Robert E. Lee, after witnessing the rout of his army here at the Hillsman House and at the Marshall Farm with eight generals and about 7,700 men captured, exclaimed, “My God! Has the army been dissolved?”
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 19.817′ N, 78° 14.89′ W. Marker is near Rice, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker is on Virginia Route 619, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rice VA 23966, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sailorís Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Lockett House (within shouting distance of this marker); Double Bridges (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Double Bridges (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battle of Sailors (Sayler's) Creek (approx. 2 miles away); Hillsman House (approx. 2 miles away); Overton / Hillsman House (approx. 2 miles away); Crossing Little Sailor's Creek (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rice.
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains portraits of Gen. Andrew Humphreys and Gen John Gordon. A map of troop movements during the Battle of Sailorís Creek is on the right of the marker.
Also see . . .
1. Lee's Retreat to Appomattox. Virginia Civil War Trails. (Submitted on September 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Sailorís Creek. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on September 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Sailor's Creek State Park. Virginia State Parks website. (Submitted on September 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
4. Lee's Retreat. Virginia's Retreat guide. (Submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,040 times since then and 113 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5, 6. submitted on March 1, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 7, 8. submitted on April 27, 2018, by Roger Miller of Pulaski, Virginia.