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Stony Creek in Sussex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Nottoway River Crossings

 
 
Nottoway River Crossings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 13, 2008
1. Nottoway River Crossings Marker
Inscription. Several important river crossings took place over the Nottoway River during two wars. Revolutionary War cavalry commander Lt.Col. John Graves Simcoe led British forces across the river in this area on 11 May 1781, as he rode south to join Gen. Charles Cornwallis. In mid May, Cornwallis crossed the Nottoway River nearby, and reached Petersburg on 20 May. During the Civil War, at the end of Gen. James H. and Brig. Gen. August V. Kautz's railroad raids, a portion of Gen. Wilson's forces crossed the river nearby on 28 June 1864, on their way back to Union lines near Petersburg.
 
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number UM 16.)
 
Location. 36° 53.931′ N, 77° 24.032′ W. Marker is in Stony Creek, Virginia, in Sussex County. Marker is on Blue Star Highway (U.S. 301), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located near the bridge over Nottoway River, where US 301 parallels Interstate 95. Marker is in this post office area: Stony Creek VA 23882, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jones Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 2 miles away); History At Stony Creek (approx. 3.3 miles away); Sappony Baptist Church
Nottoway River Crossings Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
2. Nottoway River Crossings Marker
Southbound I-95 on left, US 301 on right
(approx. 4.3 miles away); Sappony Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Sussex County / Dinwiddie County (approx. 5.9 miles away); Prince George County / Sussex County (approx. 6.7 miles away); Sussex County Courthouse (approx. 6.8 miles away); Sussex County War Memorial (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stony Creek.
 
Also see . . .  Sappony Church, Stony Creek Depot ,Civil War in Virginia. Wilson and Kautz headed east and, on June 28, crossed the Nottoway River at the Double Bridges and headed north to Stony Creek Depot on the Weldon Railroad. Here, they were attacked by Major General Wade Hampton's cavalry division. (Submitted on May 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Additional Comments on Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe
Excerpt from the Lt. Col John Graves Simcoe Papers:

Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe (1752-1806) commanded the Queen’s Rangers—an American corps of hussars, or light cavalry, loyal to the British crown—during the Revolutionary
Nottoway River Crossings Marker with bridge , looking north image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Nottoway River Crossings Marker with bridge , looking north
War and later served as first lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. Included are eighteen manuscript maps—many executed in watercolor—of military actions in Virginia. This collection gives great insight into the American Revolution from the British perspective along with documentation on the Williamsburg area.

From the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Library, a part of the Research Division of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture:
The Special Collections section of the Library houses rare books, manuscripts, architectural drawings, and microfilm.
    — Submitted May 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. War, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
Current crossing on US 301 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Current crossing on US 301
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,429 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 4, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3, 4. submitted on May 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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