Sutherland in Dinwiddie County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Defense Crumbles
—Lee’s Retreat —
On Sunday, April 2, as the main Union assault ruptured the Confederate defenses at Petersburg, ten miles east, a detachment under Gen. John R. Cooke tried to protect the railroad here. Cooke’s thin infantry line stretched from this point east along the road for almost a mile to Ocran Church, while a handful of artillery was posted here next to Sutherland Tavern. About 11:00 a.m., Union infantry under Gen. Nelson A. Miles began attacking from the south; three assaults failed, but a forth that struck Cooke’s left flank near the church in mid-afternoon turned the tide for the Federals. Cooke lost about 600 men, mostly prisoners, and the South Side Railroad fell into Union hands. The surviving Confederates escaped north on Namozine Road.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 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. A different marker also named Sutherland Station (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Sutherland (a few steps from this marker); Fork Inn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Engagement at Sutherland Station (about 600 feet away); Appomattox Campaign (Sutherland Station) (about 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.
More about this marker. The marker features a battle map on the right, and photos of Confederate Gen. John Cooke and Union Gen. Nelson Miles.
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 (Submitted on January 22, 2009, 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 March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,676 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2. submitted on May 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.