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

Oakland Cemetery

Confederates at Rest

 
 
Oakland Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
1. Oakland Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Battle of Trevilian Station
Here in Oakland Cemetery, beneath small, rectangular stone markers, rest as many as 60 Confederate dead from the Battle of Trevilian Station. Most of them were never identified.

Immediately inside the gate are the graves of the three Towles brothers, all of whom served in Company A, 4th Virginia Cavalry, and died of battle wounds. Sgt. Robert C. Towles was mortally wounded on the morning of June 11, 1864, the first day of the Battle of Trevilian Station, and died in Louisa Court House five days later. The Rev. John Towles had the remains of his other two sons, J. Vivian and James H. Towles, disinterred from other battlefields and buried here.

Also here is the grave of Lt. Col. Joseph L. McAllister, commander of the 7th Georgia Cavalry, who was killed in action while defending Trevilian Station on the afternoon of June 11, 1864. He had refused to surrender and was cut down in a hail of Union bullets. Trevilian Station was the first battle for the 7th Georgia Cavalry, which suffered 38% casualties on the first day, including nearly all of the regiment's officers. Capt. John P. Hines, commander of Company H, rests next to his commander.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker
Trevilian Station Battlefield Driving Tour Stop Nine image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
2. Trevilian Station Battlefield Driving Tour Stop Nine
is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 1.723′ N, 78° 0.69′ W. Marker is in Louisa, Virginia, in Louisa County. Marker is on West Street (County Route 666), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at the entrance gate to Oakland Cemetery. This is stop nine of 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. Decisive Confederate Victory (here, next to this marker); Patrick Henry's Home (approx. half a mile away); Louisa Court House (approx. half a mile away); John Mercer Langston Birthplace (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hugh Hammond Bennett (1881-1960) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Louisa (approx. 0.8 miles away); First Contact (approx. one mile away); Netherland Tavern (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisa.
 
More about this marker. Flanking the text are portraits of Sgt. Robert C. Towles (left) and Lt. Col. Joseph L. McAllister (right).
 
Regarding Oakland Cemetery. This is one of several markers interpreting the Battle of Trevilian Station, June 11-12, 1864. See the Battle of Trevilian
Daughters of the Confederacy Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
3. Daughters of the Confederacy Memorial
"Love Makes Memory Eternal"
This monument is dedicated
with affection, reverence
and undying remembrance
to the memory of the men
who gave their lives at
The Battle of Trevilians
June 11-12, 1864
And who lie buried here
The Mineral Chapter
United Daughters of the Confederacy
1982
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 nine of the tour. (Submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Trevilian Station. 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. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Confederate Burial Plots image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
4. Confederate Burial Plots
As mentioned on the marker, simple rectangular stones mark these graves, compared to the more elaborate head stones nearby.
The Towles Brothers Grave Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 12, 2008
5. The Towles Brothers Grave Site
Inscribed "Sons of Rev. John & S.E. Towles," this obelisk marks the resting place of Robert C. (1843-1864), J. Vivian (1839-1863), and James (1845-1864) Towles. All served in Company A, 4th Virginia Cavalry, and all were killed in battle. Based on the dates of death, J. Vivian met his end during the Bristoe Campaign in the fall of 1863. James was killed during the early phases of the Overland Campaign of 1864. And Robert was mortally wounded at Trevilian Station.
 
 
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 1,668 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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