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Rice in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rice’s Depot

Retreat and Pursuit

 

—Lee’s Retreat —

 
Rice’s Depot Marker on Lee's Retreat image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. Rice’s Depot Marker on Lee's Retreat
Inscription. Gen. James Longstreet’s corps, leading the Confederate retreat westward, reached Rice’s Depot along the South Side Railroad and entrenched on April 6, 1865, while the Battle of Sailor’s Creek raged to the east. Here Longstreet guarded the road from Burkeville Junction and blocked Union access to High Bridge via the railroad. From here, Gen. Robert E. Lee rode back towards the Sailor’s Creek battlefield and learned of the disaster that had befallen the army there.

Part of Gen. Edward O.C. Ord’s Army of the James, a corps led by Gen. John Gibbon, approached the station early in the afternoon on its way to support a detachment assigned to burn the bridge. Three infantry brigades marched up the railroad in front of you; behind you, Longstreet’s divisions awaited the attack. The Federals deployed in battle formation and heavy skirmishing erupted, but Gibbon did not have time before sunset to assault the Confederate position. After dark, assured that the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia had safely passed over High Bridge, Longstreet disengaged and slipped away to Farmville.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Location. 37° 16.294′ N, 78° 17.441′ W. Marker is in Rice, Virginia, in Prince Edward County
Rice’s Depot Markers image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
2. Rice’s Depot Markers
. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 600 and U.S. 735, on the left when traveling south on U.S. 600. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Rice’s Depot ( here, next to this marker); Action at High Bridge ( approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Sailor's Creek ( approx. 0.4 miles away); High Bridge ( approx. 1.8 miles away); Cavalry Battle at High Bridge ( approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Cavalry Battle at High Bridge ( approx. 1.8 miles away); Camp Paradise ( approx. 2.9 miles away); African-Americans at High Bridge ( approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rice.
 
More about this marker. The center of the marker contains a “1936 photo of Rice’s Depot on South Side Railroad.” A battle map is found on the right side of the marker.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, US Civil
 
Battle Map from Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
3. Battle Map from Marker
Map shows troop positions and movements at Rice’s Depot and the position of the marker.
Railroad Bed near Rice's Depot image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
4. Railroad Bed near Rice's Depot
The depot stood in this area. The railroad is being converted into a rails-to-trails park.
Confederate Positions image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 18, 2010
5. Confederate Positions
Confederates held positions along the road opposite the marker. As related on the marker, heavy skirmishing occurred, but no major assaults.
 
 
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 1,454 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on June 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 27, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on June 11, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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