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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Dinwiddie, Virginia

Clickable Map of Dinwiddie County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Dinwiddie County, VA (157) Amelia County, VA (44) Brunswick County, VA (51) Chesterfield County, VA (224) Greensville County, VA (5) Nottoway County, VA (50) Petersburg Ind. City, VA (149) Prince George County, VA (52) Sussex County, VA (25)  DinwiddieCounty(157) Dinwiddie County (157)  AmeliaCounty(44) Amelia County (44)  BrunswickCounty(51) Brunswick County (51)  ChesterfieldCounty(224) Chesterfield County (224)  GreensvilleCounty(5) Greensville County (5)  NottowayCounty(50) Nottoway County (50)  (149) Petersburg (149)  PrinceGeorgeCounty(52) Prince George County (52)  SussexCounty(25) Sussex County (25)
Dinwiddie is the county seat for Dinwiddie County
Dinwiddie is in Dinwiddie County
      Dinwiddie County (157)  
      Amelia County (44)  
      Brunswick County (51)  
      Chesterfield County (224)  
      Greensville County (5)  
      Nottoway County (50)  
      Petersburg (149)  
      Prince George County (52)  
      Sussex County (25)  
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1Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — "Advanced…repulsed…charged again…"Petersburg National Battlefield
Union cavalrymen, under General Thomas Devin, advanced across this wooded ground twice on April 1, 1865. In the morning they tested the strength of the Southerners' defenses north of here along White Oak Road. The Union soldiers were thrown back by . . . Map (db m86029) HM
2Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — "I was exceeding anxious to attack at once…"Petersburg National Battlefield — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
"I was exceeding anxious to attack at once, for the sun was getting low, and we had to fight or go back." Major General Philip Sheridan
On March 31, 1865 Union cavalry under General Philip . . . Map (db m180013) HM
3Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — A Final Stand
With their left at the Angle crashed and their center near the Five Forks intersection overrun, the Confederates made a final stand here, in and around Gilliam’s field. Across the open ground to your right, Brig. Gen. George Armstrong Custer led two . . . Map (db m155104) HM
4Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — Attack on the Angle
“When we moved toward Five Forks…we were not expecting any attack that afternoon, so far as I know. Our throwing up works and taking position were simply general matters of military precaution.” - Major General Fitzhugh Lee, CSA . . . Map (db m6213) HM
5Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — Battle of Dinwiddie Court House
(front) In Memoriam Battle of Dinwiddie Court House Dedicated to the Confederate and Union soldiers who gave their lives in the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House, sometimes called Chamberlain’s Bed, in the last brief victory of the . . . Map (db m17670) HM
6Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-62 — Campaign of 1781
The British cavalryman Tarleton, returning to Cornwallis from a raid to Bedford, passed near here, July, 1781.Map (db m17704) HM
7Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-62 — Campaign of 1781
British Lt. Gen. Charles Cornwallis ordered cavalry commander Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton to raid Southside Virginia in the summer of 1781. Tarleton left Surry County before turning back. His objective was to destroy stores of ammunition, clothing, . . . Map (db m180009) HM
8Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-56 — Chamberlain's Bed
That stream flows into Stony Creek a mile west. On March 31, 1865, Pickett and W.H.F. Lee, coming from Five Forks, forced a passage of Chamberlain's Bed in the face of Sheridan's troops, who were driven back to Dinwiddie Courthouse.Map (db m17701) HM
9Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — Death of PegramPetersburg National Battlefield — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Late afternoon, April 1, 1865. Confederate infantrymen waited behind rude, muddy earthworks lining the White Oak Road. Young Colonel William R.J. Pegram tended to his artillery: three guns in this field, three others farther to the west (your . . . Map (db m180075) HM
10Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — Dinwiddie Confederate Monument
1861.-1865. In memory of Dinwiddie’s Confederate soldiers, that their heroic deeds, sublime self-sacrifice and undying devotion to duty and country may never be forgotten.Map (db m174997) WM
11Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — Dinwiddie Court HouseTurning North — Wilson-Kautz Raid —
In June 1864, to deny Gen. Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side R.R. and the Richmond and Danville R.R., Gen, Ulysses S. Grant sent Gen. James H. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destroy track and rolling . . . Map (db m17556) HM
12Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-54 — Dinwiddie Courthouse
Sheridan advanced to this place on March 29, 1865, while Warren was attacking Anderson about three miles north. On March 31 Sheridan moved south but was checked by Pickett and driven back to the courthouse. That night Pickett withdrew to Five Forks.Map (db m17669) HM
13Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-95 — Dinwiddie Normal Industrial School(Southside High School)
Dinwiddie Normal Industrial School, the first African American high school built in the county during the segregation era, stood three miles southeast. When the building burned in 1953, plans were already in progress to construct a modern facility . . . Map (db m79077) HM
14Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — 17 — Early Education in Dinwiddie CountyDinwiddie, Virginia — Dinwiddie County —
Prior to the Civil War, Dinwiddie County was home to several private academies for those who could afford to pay for their education. While it was mostly affluent males who were educated, Pegram’s Academy, Female Academy, Girard Heartwell . . . Map (db m26834) HM
15Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — DN3 — Early Education in Dinwiddie CountyDinwiddie, Virginia — Dinwiddie County —
Prior to the Civil War, Dinwiddie County was home to several private academies for those who could afford to pay for their education. While it was mostly affluent males who were educated, Pegram's Academy, Female Academy, Girard Heartwell's . . . Map (db m180010) HM
16Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-42 — Gravelly Run Quaker Meeting House
Quakers began settling the region by the end of the 17th century. Named for nearby Gravelly Run stream, the meetinghouse was built by 1767. It became the religious center for the Quakers in Dinwiddie and surrounding counties. In the early 1800s the . . . Map (db m17662) HM
17Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-80 — Quaker Road Engagement29 March 1865
This was the first in a series of attempts by Grant’s army to cut Lee’s final supply line – the South Side Railroad – in spring 1865. Here at the Lewis farm, Union forces led by Brig. Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain engaged Confederates under Maj. Gen. . . . Map (db m175570) HM
18Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-46 — Raceland
Nearby stands Raceland, also known as Rice's Tavern, built ca. 1750. The building originally was a simple story-and-a-half dwelling with a hall-and-parlor plan. Subsequent additions transformed it into a two-story Federal-style house. It has been . . . Map (db m17663) HM
19Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-45 — Scott's Law Office
Just to the west stands the law office occupied in early life by Lieutenant-General Winfield Scott, commander of the United States Army, 1841-1861. Scott, born near here, June 13, 1786, was admitted to the bar in 1806 and entered the army in 1808. . . . Map (db m17668) HM
20Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — Siege of Petersburg — The Linchpin is PulledMarch 29 - April 1, 1865 Five Forks Campaign — Petersburg National Battlefield —
By April 1, 1865, Five Forks, just north of where you're standing, had become a linchpin—key to the Confederate capital at Richmond. To control the Five Forks intersection was to control the South Side Railroad and Richmond's last connection to . . . Map (db m180061) HM
21Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — DN4 — Southside High SchoolDinwiddie, Virginia — Dinwiddie County —
Dinwiddie's Southside High School was started in 1908 as Dinwiddie Normal and Industrial School and was owned by the operated by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. The only school in the area for African Americans for several . . . Map (db m180012) HM
22Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — The Battle of Five ForksPetersburg National Battlefield
For nine months, an ever-lengthening fortified line had protected Petersburg. On April 1, 1865, at this obscure county crossroads, that Confederate line finally stretched to its breaking point. "In its Result, it was to our country as . . . Map (db m71591) HM
23Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — The Siege of PetersburgPetersburg National Battlefield Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
"I would not believe before I came here that man was capable of enduring so much." — Leverette Bradley, 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery
If Petersburg fell, the Confederate capital at Richmond . . . Map (db m180059) HM
24Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — The Union Cavalry Attacks
“I was exceedingly anxious to attack at once, for the sun was getting low, and we had to fight or go back.” - Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan
On March 31, 1865, Union cavalry under Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan retreated . . . Map (db m6214) HM
25Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — K-337 — The War of 1812 / Winfield Scott
The War of 1812. Impressment of Americans into British service and the violation of American ships were among the causes of America’s War of 1812 with the British, which lasted until 1815. Beginning in 1813, Virginians suffered from a British . . . Map (db m78064) HM
26Virginia (Dinwiddie County), Dinwiddie — S-55 — Vaughan Road
Hancock moved by it to his defeat at Burgess Mill, October 27, 1864, and in 1865, Grant moved his forces on it from the east to attack Lee's right wing. On March 29, 1865, Sheridan came to Dinwiddie Court House over it in the operations preceeding . . . Map (db m17700) HM
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May. 28, 2022