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Near Louisa in Louisa County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Contact

“a considerable fight”

 

óThe Battle of Trevilian Station ó

 
First Contact Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
1. First Contact Marker
Inscription.
Having reached Louisa Court House on June 10, 1864, Gen. Wade Hamptonís cavalry divisions bivouacked around the Virginia Central Railroad and across Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridanís route to Gordonsville. About 3 a.m. on June 11, Gen. William C. Wickhamís Virginia cavalry brigade left camp and rode up the Marquis Road (Rte. 669). The troopers captured a scouting party of the 7th Michigan Cavalry about a mile north of town and then continued north toward Claytonís Store. At daybreak they encountered the 7th Michigan's pickets arrayed on the opposite bank of Nunn's Creek.

The Virginians attacked, firing the first shots of the Battle of Trevilian Station, and skirmished for about 45 minutes in what a member of the 4th Virginia Cavalry later described as “a considerable fight.” Gen. George A. Custer, camped a short distance to the north, heard the engagement and ordered the 1st Michigan to reinforce the 7th, causing the Virginians to break off the engagement and withdraw to Louisa Court House. By 8:45 a.m., Custerís entire Michigan Brigade and Pennington's Battery of horse artillery were in motion, headed down Nunnís Creek
Battle Area Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
2. Battle Area Map
Road to its junction with the Gordonsville Road west of Louisa Court House.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 2.568′ N, 78° 0.3′ W. Marker is near Louisa, Virginia, in Louisa County. Marker is on Ellisville Drive (County Route 669), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located at stop two on the driving tour of Trevilian Station Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Louisa VA 23093, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakland Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Decisive Confederate Victory (approx. one mile away); Patrick Henry's Home (approx. 1.2 miles away); Louisa Court House (approx. 1.2 miles away); John Mercer Langston Birthplace (approx. 1.3 miles away); Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1960)
Trevilian Station Battlefield Driving Tour Stop Two image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
3. Trevilian Station Battlefield Driving Tour Stop Two
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Historic Louisa (approx. 1.5 miles away); Netherland Tavern (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisa.
 
More about this marker. In the upper center the marker displays portraits of Gens. Williams Wickham and George Custer. A map on the right details the place names and roads mentioned in the marker's text.
 
Regarding First Contact. This is one of several markers interpreting the Battle of Trevilian Station, June 11-12, 1864. See the Battle of Trevilian Station Virtual Tour by Markers linked below for additional related markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation. The foundation has worked to preserve the remaining sections of the battlefield. A detailed self-guided driving tour of the battlefield is offered. This marker is at stop two of the tour. (Submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Trevilian Station
Maquis Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
4. Maquis Road
Looking north from the marker location down what is today Ellisville Drive, the road crosses typical rolling terrain of Virginia's Piedmont. Custer's command camped just north of here, and advanced down the road initially to make contact with Wickham's Virginians.
. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Battle of Trevilian Station Virtual Tour by Markers. A set markers that document the Battle of Trevilian Station, June 11-12, 1864. The order of appearance is generally aligned to the National Parks Service and Trevilian Station Foundation driving tours. (Submitted on January 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Trevilian Station Preservation Efforts. Civil War Preservation Trust continues efforts to set aside portions of the battlefield. Their site discussing the effort offers a wealth of background information about the battle, an article by noted historian Eric Wittenberg, and excellent maps of the battle. (Submitted on November 25, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
First Contact Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 15, 2012
5. First Contact Marker
Marker was seen in a damaged condition on this 2012 visit.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,052 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on September 16, 2012, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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