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Saxe in Charlotte County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Carrington's Mill

“The D_ _ _ Rebels”

 

—Wilson-Kautz Raid —

 
Carrington's Mill CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
1. Carrington's Mill CWT Marker
Inscription. In June 1864, to deny Gen. Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side R.R. and the Richmond and Danville R.R., Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sent Gen. James H. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destroy track and rolling stock. Rufus Barringer’s North Carolina brigade attacked the Federal rear guard about two miles north of here at a plantation on the hill behind you. The cavalry action began about the same time as the Federal attack on the Staunton River railroad bridge about four miles south.

“The rebels came up with our rear guard about 4 p.m., and were fighting them until dark, while General Kautz and the first brigade were engaging them near the railroad bridge across the Staunton River.” - Trooper Henry Norton, 8th New York Cavalry. “The fight took place right around us, the firing commenced at Overby’s Store and we drove them over Roanoke Creek at the mill. Imagine my joy while I was standing talking to one of the [Yankee] wretches, the firing commenced; I did not know our cavalry was in pursuit, and I exclaimed, “Oh! What’s that?” “The D_ _ _ rebels,” replied the Yankee, and in an instant he was mounted and flying, I shouting “Hurrah for the rebels” and in my perfect frenzy of joy screaming to the Yankees I hoped they would
Gen. Rufus Barringer, CSA image. Click for full size.
2. Gen. Rufus Barringer, CSA
be shot before they could leave our yard. Before they got out of the outer gate there were a dozen Confederate soldiers around me asking information about the enemy. They were covered with dust and dirt, but I told them they were splendid and glorious and I don’t know what other foolishness I said, for I was nearly crazy with excitement and anxiety”.
- Margaret Watkins’ letter to brother Joel Watkins, August 9, 1864
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 36° 55.756′ N, 78° 39.827′ W. Marker is in Saxe, Virginia, in Charlotte County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hailey Road (County Route 759) and Sylvan Hill Road (County Route 612). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saxe VA 23967, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Staunton River Bridge (approx. 3.9 miles away); Drakes Branch (approx. 5.6 miles away); Staunton Bridge Action (approx. 6.4 miles away); Roanoke Plantation (approx. 6.4 miles away); Wylliesburgh
Troop positions during the engagement. image. Click for full size.
3. Troop positions during the engagement.
Saw mills were vital for the maintenance of railroads. A mill was burned near this site during the Wilson-Kautz Raid.
(approx. 6.5 miles away); Paul Carrington (approx. 6.5 miles away); Halifax Church (approx. 8.6 miles away); Campaign of 1781 (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wilson-Kautz Raid Driving Tour. Civil War Traveler - Southside Virginia (Submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Saxe Post Office image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
4. Saxe Post Office
Richmond & Danville RR bed (facing north) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 18, 2010
5. Richmond & Danville RR bed (facing north)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 930 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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