Near Powhatan in Powhatan County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Rest and Reconciliation
Here at Derwent, named after a beautiful lake in England, Lee found the quietness he needed to focus on his future. He often rode his famous warhorse, Traveller, through the Powhatan countryside and conversed with surprised farmers. From Derwent he communicated with former comrades and others who sought his advice. To many Southerners Lee remained a leader and a model of proper conduct during Military Reconstruction. Late in the summer, Judge John W. Brokenbrough of Lexington asked Lee to become the president of Washington College there. Lee accepted, leaving his Powhatan retreat on September 15 and devoting the remainder of his life to the education of young men.
“The questions which for years were in dispute between the State and General government, and which unhappily were not decided by the
“The war being at an end, the Southern States having laid down their arms, and the questions at issue between them and the Northern States having been decided, I believe it to be the duty of everyone to unite in the restoration of the country, and the reestablishment of peace and harmony.” – Lee to Capt. Josiah Tatnall, Savannah, Ga., Sept. 7, 1865
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 36.331′ N, 78° 4.778′ W. Marker is near Powhatan, Virginia, in Powhatan County. Marker is on Derwent Road 1.3 miles west of Trenholm Road. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Derwent ( a few steps from this marker); Muddy Creek School ( approx. 1.1 miles away); Mosby’s Tavern / Cumberland Old Courthouse ( approx. 3.6 miles away); Rosenwald School at Cartersville ( approx. 4.3 miles away); Campaign of 1781 ( approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Campaign of 1781 ( approx. 4.4 miles away); Hamilton High School ( approx. 4.4 miles away); Cumberland County / Powhatan County ( approx. 4.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Powhatan.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of "Derwent". On the upper right is a painting of "Lee on Traveller".
Also see . . . Civil War Traveler - Central Virginia: Richmond and Area. Powhatan County. Derwent. (Submitted on May 18, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,658 times since then and 147 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.