Chesterfield in Chesterfield County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Chesterﬁeld Court House
Soldiers and Refugees
—Lee’s Retreat —
The army withdrew in four columns, three through Chesterfield County and one through Dinwiddie County, to reunite at Amelia Court House south of the Appomattox River. Gen. William Mahone’s troops were ordered to “Take the road to Chesterfield Court House, thence to old Colville to Goode’s Bridge [on the Appomattox River north of Amelia Court House].” After arriving here, a line of battle was formed “to resist a dash which was expected from the enemy but never made,” the picket recalled. Resuming the march, Mahone’s column camped that night on Captain Flournoy’s farm. A soldier wrote of the day’s march, “I am all right and not half so demoralized as I imagined. Feel much better than last night. We
“The Division reached Chesterfield C.H. in the fore noon of that Monday morning the third day of April. …We found the court house ground ... crowded with all manner of vehicles and women with their children - who had fled mainly from Petersburg. … A halt was made … and the troops given an opportunity to breakfast while I busied myself in bringing off and away such military wagons as had reached that place and the retreating caravan of vehicles and folks.” - Gen. William Mahone
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 22.573′ N, 77° 30.416′ W. Marker is in Chesterfield, Virginia, in Chesterfield County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Iron Bridge Road (Virginia Route 10) and Wagners Way. Touch for map. This CWT panel is located on the lawn in front of the 1917 Courthouse building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10021 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield VA 23832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chesterfield County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Apostles of Religious Liberty Magnolia Grange (within shouting distance of this marker); Pocahontas State Park (approx. 3.7 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps - Company 2386 (approx. 4 miles away); CCC Camp Site (approx. 4 miles away); Dividends for the Future (approx. 4.2 miles away); Drewry’s Bluff Defences (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesterfield.
More about this marker. On the upper center panel is a photograph of the original courthouse with the caption, “Chesterfield County Courthouse, ca. 1750, as it appeared early in the 20th century with a late-19th-century porch. The courthouse was demolished in 1916, then reconstructed in 1977, a few yards north of the original location.” Courtesy Chesterfield County Historical Society
On the upper right is a photograph of “Gen. William Mahone” Courtesy Library of Congress
On the lower right is a map showing the route of Lee’s retreat and the Union pursuit. The caption reads, "Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Traveler - Central Virginia: Richmond and Area. Chesterfield County Museum and Lee’s Retreat marker. (Submitted on June 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Chesterfield Historical Society. Historic Sites. (Submitted on June 1, 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 June 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,460 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 1, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.