Near Reams in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of Reams Station
The Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad
By the time of the Civil War, the Petersburg Railroad accessed the coast of North Carolina and the interior of the Deep South. At Weldon, N.C., the Petersburg Railroad connected with the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, which enabled cargo from this line to be rapidly transferred from the coast to the war front. Other connecting railroads linked the Petersburg Railroad to lines leading to the Deep South.
By the spring of 1864, the Petersburg Railroad was of even greater importance because it was one of the only two main supply arteries for General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. All types of necessary war material, including food for troops and fodder for animals, passed along this corridor, making it and the South Side Railroad Lieutenant General U.S. Grant's two primary objectives during the Petersburg campaign.
Erected by Civil War Preservation Trust.
Location. 37° 5.766′ N, 77° 25.298′ W. Marker is near Reams, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of Halifax Road (County Route 604) and Oak Grove Road (County Route 606), on the right when traveling south on Halifax Road. Touch for map. Located in Civil War Preservation Trust's Reams Station Battlefield. The parking area is off Reams Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ream's Station (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ream's Station (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Reams Station (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of Reams Station (about 700 feet away); North Carolina (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Reams Station (approx. 0.2 Reams Station (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Petersburg Railroad (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reams.
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a drawing of The destruction of the Petersburg (& Weldon) Railroad by Union troops in 1864. (From Harper's History of the Great Rebellion.) An inset in the center shows a Period broadside advertising train service between Petersburg and Weldon, N.C. (From the photographic collection of Russell Wayne Davis).
Also see . . .
1. Reams Station. National Park Service site detailing the phases of the battle. (Submitted on November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Reams Station Preservation Efforts. The Civil War Preservation Trust continues their work ensuring the battlefield at Reams Station is preserved. This site offers not only maps and additional information about the battle, but "clean" copies of the markers on site. Look on the right under Slideshows for the Reams Station Interpretive Trail. (Submitted on November 25, 2008, 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 November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,140 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on March 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.