Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle at Meadow Bridge
Forcing a Crossing
That evening, under cover of darkness and a heavy thunderstorm, Sheridan led his troopers south, through the outer defenses of Richmond and into a potentially dangerous trap. The following morning, the Union commander found himself boxed in with the manned trenches of Richmond’s intermediate defenses in his front, the swollen Chickahominy to his left and Confederate cavalry threatening his rear. To escape, the Union commander chose to force a crossing at Meadow Bridge, where the Virginia Central Railroad crossed the river.
Although the Confederates had dismantled the road bridge, the railroad crossing remained intact. The responsibility for seizing this span was given to Gen. George Custer Throughout the morning and early afternoon, while Southern cavalry pressed from behind and government clerks and workers (turned soldiers) sallied forth from the city’s fortifications, Custer worked hard to clear the north bank of the Chickahominy of the stubborn Confederate troopers.
After gaining a
“We had to fight or die”
- Michael Donlon, 2nd U.S. Cavalry
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 36.499′ N, 77° 24.775′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Richmond Henrico Turnpike 0.7 miles east of Azalea Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is 100 feet east of the railroad crossing. Richmond Henrico Turnpike becomes Meadowbridge Road on the Hanover County side of the Chickahominy river. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville VA 23116, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies Old Dominion Building (approx. 1½ miles away); First Lieutenant Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr. (approx. 1.6 miles away); Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Chickahominy River & Seven Days' Battles (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hanover County / Henrico County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sheridan's Raid (approx. 1.9 miles away); WWII Memorial Wall (approx. 2 miles away); Seven Days' Battles Begin (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
More about this marker. In the lower left is a portrait of General James Gordon. While leading his brigade of North Carolinians in an attack on Sheridan’s rear, Confederate Gen. James B. Gordon was mortally wounded, the second such blow to the Southern cavalry’s high command in as many days.
On the right is a map of the tactical situation described in the text. With Confederates advancing on two sides and his back to the river, Sheridan chose to fight his way across the swollen Chickahominy, abandoning any further designs on Richmond.
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler. Henrico County (Submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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