Rice in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Cavalry Battle at High Bridge
Union Opportunity Lost
—Lee’s Retreat —
Gens. Thomas L. Rosser’s and Thomas T. Munford’s cavalry had attacked the Federal infantry. Washburn’s command charged into the fray, and in the vicious hand-to-hand fighting Washburn fell mortally wounded while Read was killed outright. Some of the Union infantrymen escaped to High Bridge but surrendered when the Confederate cavalry overwhelmed them.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 16.517′ N, 78° 19.431′ W. Marker is in Rice, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker is on Prince Edward Hwy (U.S. 460), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in a pulloff on Route 460. Marker is in this post office area: Rice VA 23966, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles Cavalry Battle at High Bridge (here, next to this marker); High Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Rice’s Depot (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Rice’s Depot (approx. 1.8 miles away); Action at High Bridge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Battle of Sailor's Creek (approx. 2.2 miles away); African-Americans at High Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Camp Paradise (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rice.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker features an 1865 photograph of High Bridge over the Appomattox River. The upper middle of the marker contains a painting of the “Charge of 4th Mass. Cavalry at High Bridge.” The right side of the marker is a battle map of the cavalry charge, along with portraits of Gen. Theodore Read, Col. Francis Washburn, Gen. Thomas Munford and Gen. James Dearing, who was, mortally wounded here and was the last Confederate general to die in the war.
Also see . . .
1. Lee's Retreat to Appomattox. Virginia Civil War Trails. (Submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Lee's Retreat. Virginia's Retreat guide. (Submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. High Bridge Battlefield Museum. (Submitted on May 31, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,500 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.