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

The Battle of Sutherland

 
 
The Battle of Sutherland Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
1. The Battle of Sutherland Monument
On April 2, 1865, after losing Five Forks, the Confederates fought one final battle to protect the Southside Railroad. The loss here led to the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond.
Inscription.
The Battle of Sutherland
April 2, 1865

Dedicated in sacred memory to those valiant Confederates who remained steadfast to the end, and who gave their last full measure of devotion in defense of their homeland. Here the Confederates, under the Generals Wilcox and Heth, made a gallant stand, only to be overcome by overwhelming numbers.

Dedicated April 12, 1981

 
Erected 1981.
 
Location. 37° 11.82′ N, 77° 33.897′ W. Marker is in Sutherland, Virginia, in Dinwiddie County. Marker is at the intersection of Namozine Road (Virginia Route 708) and Cox Road (U.S. 460) when traveling north on Namozine Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sutherland VA 23885, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sutherland Station (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Sutherland Station (a few steps from this marker); Fork Inn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Engagement at Sutherland Station (about 600 feet away); Appomattox Campaign (Sutherland Station) (about
Sutherland Station markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
2. Sutherland Station markers
The Battle of Sutherland Monument is located along the path of Lee's Retreat Driving Tour.
700 feet away); Rocky Branch School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Colonel John Banister (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Battle of White Oak Road (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sutherland.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lee's Retreat to Appomattox. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Lee’s Retreat. (Submitted on March 12, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Battle of Sutherland’s Station. The American Civil War website. (Submitted on January 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Sutherland Station on Lee's Retreat image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
3. Sutherland Station on Lee's Retreat
April 2, 1865. Confederate troops formed a battle line along Cox Road to protect the South Side Railroad, but were overwhelmed after three attacks. This engagement enabled Grant's forces to sever Lee's last supply line, causing him to abandon Petersburg that night.
Fork Inn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2007
4. Fork Inn
The Fork Inn was the Sutherland homestead, and is located near the monument. On April 2, 1865, it found itself on the Confederate defense line along the South Side Railroad. The ensuing battle left the house and grounds occupied by Federal troops. Most of its contents were destroyed, and it was used briefly as a hospital.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,118 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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