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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

South Side Station

The Retreat Begins

 
 
South Side Station - The Retreat Begins image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2007
1. South Side Station - The Retreat Begins
Inscription. Begin the 26-stop auto driving tour of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Retreat from Petersburg to Appomattox at this point. The tour covers over 100 miles and takes approximately four to five hours to complete. A map can be obtained at the nearby Visitors Center. Be sure to stop at the various pull-overs and tune your radio to AM 1610 unless otherwise noted at the sites. A three to five minute narrative will be playing which explains the importance of each location.

When Lee’s forces withdrew from Petersburg on the evening of April 2, 1865, they were instructed to destroy the South Side Railroad cars behind the station. The aftermath of that destruction is recorded in these period views.

(caption) A damaged locomotive and tender which fell into the Appomattox River off the burned bridge that ran to the South Side R.R. machine shops. After the war the locomotive was salvaged and put back into use.

(caption) A view from the west of the station, note the wheels of the burned cars to the left of the photograph.
 
Erected by Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 14.005′ N, 77° 24.239′ 
Civil War Trails markers at Petersburg Visitors Center image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2007
2. Civil War Trails markers at Petersburg Visitors Center
W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Cockade Alley and River Street, on the right when traveling north on Cockade Alley. Touch for map. Marker is located in the northwest corner of Petersburg Visitors Center parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named South Side Station (here, next to this marker); Old Market Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Petersburg’s Old Towne (within shouting distance of this marker); Petersburg’s Natural Parks (within shouting distance of this marker); Touring Old Towne (within shouting distance of this marker); Petersburg National Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Architectural Heritage (within shouting distance of this marker); City Sights (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lee's Retreat. (Submitted on March 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Civil War Traveler - Lee's Retreat to Appomattox. (Submitted on March 5, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,423 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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