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Boydton in Mecklenburg County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Boyd Tavern

Confederates Mustered

 
 
Boyd Tavern CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Boyd Tavern CWT Marker
Inscription. Alexander Boyd, Sr., a businessman and founder of Boydton, erected the core of this tavern about 1785. The hostelry thrived, and its presence was a major reason for the selection of Boydton as the Mecklenburg County seat. By the mid-19th century, the tavern had evolved into a rambling frame structure with fancy sawn-work detailing, the work of builder-architect Jacob W. Holt. During the Civil War, Mecklenburg’s Confederates mustered here. The tavern closed late in the 19th century, converted first to a boarding school and then to apartments. Since 1988, under the care of the Boyd Tavern Foundation, the building has undergone extensive restoration. It is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Registry and the National Register of Historic Places.

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Wilson-Kautz Raid In late June 1864, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia were engaged in a desperate defense of the city of Petersburg. Victory for Lee depended on a steady flow of supplies, brought in by rail. To force Lee from Petersburg, Union Gen. U.S. Grant planned to cut Southern supply lines and ordered a cavalry raid to tear up track and destroy railroad stations and bridges. On June 22, 1864, Union Gen. James H. Wilson and August V. Kautz, commanding more than 5,000 cavalry troops, left Petersburg to destroy track on the Richmond
Destruction of Genl. Lees lines of Communication in Virginia by Genl. Wilson image. Click for full size.
By Alfred Rudolph Waud, Jun 1864
2. Destruction of Genl. Lees lines of Communication in Virginia by Genl. Wilson
Library of congress [LC-DIG-ppmsca-22456]
& Danville R.R. and the South Side R.R.

Follow in the footsteps of Gens. Wilson and Kautz along the Virginia Civil War Trails Wilson-Kautz Raid, a tour route that allows you to explore more than 40 Civil war sites in southside Virginia. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history along our trail.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 40.051′ N, 78° 23.292′ W. Marker is in Boydton, Virginia, in Mecklenburg County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Street (Business U.S. 58) and Washington Street (Virginia Route 92), on the right when traveling west on Madison Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boydton VA 23917, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boydton (a few steps from this marker); Mecklenburg County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Boydton Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boydton and Petersburg Plank Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Boyd Tavern
Madison St & Washington St image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
3. Madison St & Washington St
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Boydton Academic and Bible Institute (approx. one mile away); Taylor's Ferry (approx. one mile away); Old Randolph-Macon College (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boydton.
 
More about this marker. On the right is a map of the Wilson-Kautz Raid tour route with "Artist Alfred R. Waud's wartime drawing of the Wilson-Kautz Raid." In addition are portraits of "Gen. James H. Wilson" and "Gen. August V. Kautz". The portrait of Capt. Farinholt carries the caption, "Capt. Benjamin L. Farinholt helped to defend Staunton River Bridge from the raiders."
 
Also see . . .
1. Wilson-Kautz Raid. Civil War Traveler - Southside Virginia (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The Boyd Tavern Foundation. (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Boyd's Tavern (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. The Life and Times of The Boyd Tavern. The Boyd Family Foundation (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

5. Jacob W. Holt (1811-1880). Architects
Boyd Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
4. Boyd Tavern
& Builders NCSU Libraries (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

6. Jacob W. Holt, Builder. Annefield Plantation (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Notable BuildingsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 980 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 19, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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