Near Farmville in Prince Edward County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The High Bridge
High Bridge Trail State Park
-C.O. Sanford, South Side Railroad’s chief engineer,1852
In 1854 the South Side Railroad was completed from Petersburg to Lynchburg. To cross the Appomattox River east of Farmville, High Bridge was constructed. The bridge, 2,400 feet in length and ranging from 60 to 125 feet in height, was built on 21 brick piers. The original wood bridge had a pedestrian walkway beside the tracks and a wagon bridge below.
On April 6 and 7, 1865, the bridges were of strategic importance to the armies of General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant as they moved westward from Richmond toward Appomattox Court House. On April 6th, following the Battle of Sailor’s Creek, a small group of Union infantry and cavalry attempted to destroy the bridge but were deterred by Confederate horsemen who arrived on the scene. On the morning of April 7th, quick marching Union troops came upon High Bridge as the Confederates were setting fire to it after crossing. Using the lower wagon bridge to continue their pursuit, Grant's men pressed on eventually coming in contact with Lee's army around nearby Cumberland Church.
Location. 37° 18.61′ N, 78° 18.997′ W. Marker is near Farmville, Virginia, in Prince Edward County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of River Road (County Route 600) and Jamestown Road (County Route 657), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rice VA 23966, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. African-Americans at High Bridge (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camp Paradise (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The High Bridge (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named High Bridge (approx. 1½ miles away); a different marker also named High Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); Cavalry Battle at High Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Cavalry Battle at High Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); Rice’s Depot (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Farmville.
Also see . . . High Bridge Trail State Park. Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation (Submitted on May 24, 2015.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 269 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on May 24, 2015.