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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Rice

 
Clickable Map of Amelia County, Virginia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Amelia County, VA (33) Chesterfield County, VA (212) Cumberland County, VA (21) Dinwiddie County, VA (128) Nottoway County, VA (34) Powhatan County, VA (26) Prince Edward County, VA (60)  AmeliaCounty(33) Amelia County (33)  ChesterfieldCounty(212) Chesterfield County (212)  CumberlandCounty(21) Cumberland County (21)  DinwiddieCounty(128) Dinwiddie County (128)  NottowayCounty(34) Nottoway County (34)  PowhatanCounty(26) Powhatan County (26)  PrinceEdwardCounty(60) Prince Edward County (60)
Rice, Virginia and Vicinity
    Amelia County (33)
    Chesterfield County (212)
    Cumberland County (21)
    Dinwiddie County (128)
    Nottoway County (34)
    Powhatan County (26)
    Prince Edward County (60)
 
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1Virginia (Amelia County), Rice — Assaulting the Confederate Battle Line — Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park —
"The men pressed forward, holding their fire with wonderful self control till they were in plain site of the enemy almost face to face." As the Federal troops realigned themselves after the creek crossing, and because of the shorter . . . — Map (db m54473) HM
2Virginia (Amelia County), Rice — Crossing Little Sailor's CreekThe Federal Army's Attack, 6:00 p.m. April 6, 1865 — Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park —
"We found a stream of muddy water a dozen feet wide..." “The colonel’s clear voice sounded ‘ATTENTION’....Descending the hill; ‘Prepare to cross a marsh!’ was passed along the line....Three or four minutes later we found ourselves . . . — Map (db m54474) HM
3Virginia (Amelia County), Rice — The Final Clash: With Fate Against Them — Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park —
"There goes a chivalrous fellow. Let's give him three cheers." Near this site were positioned Confederate forces commanded by General Joseph B. Kershaw. They were mainly from Mississippi and Georgia and were slightly dug in behind . . . — Map (db m54471) HM
4Virginia (Amelia County), Rice — Victory or DeathThe Last Stand of the Savannah Volunteer Guard — Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park —
The 18th Georgia Battalion, acting as a heavy artillery unit was originally formed in 1802 and served at the coastal defenses around Charleston, South Carolina. Moved to Virginia in May of 1864, it guarded the Richmond & Danville Railroad Bridge . . . — Map (db m54475) HM
5Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — M-32 — Action at High Bridge
During the night of 6-7 April 1865, part of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia crossed the South Side Railroad's High Bridge three miles north of here as Union armies under Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant pursued closely. After the last . . . — Map (db m31288) HM
6Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Battle of Sailors Creek
(Front):Battles of Sailors Creek April 6, 1865 "My God! Has the army been dissolved?" General R. E. Lee Hillsman's Farm US 442 CS 3400 Marshall's Crossroads US 172 CS 2600 Lockett's Farm (Double Bridges) US 536 CS 1700 Totals include . . . — Map (db m11798) HM
7Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — M-25 — Battle of Sailor's Creek
Six miles north took place the battle of Sailor's Creek, April 6, 1865. Lee's army, retreating westward from Amelia Courthouse to Farmville by way of Deatonsville, was attacked by Sheridan, who surrounded Ewell's Corps. After a fierce action the . . . — Map (db m31287) HM
8Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Cavalry Battle at High BridgeLee’s Retreat — April 6, 1865 —
About 900 Union infantry and cavalry were sent from Burkeville to burn this South Side Railroad trestle over the Appomattox River. Pursued by Confederate cavalry in the engagement which followed nearby, their bridge-burning mission failed and most . . . — Map (db m11819) HM
9Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Cavalry Battle at High BridgeUnion Opportunity Lost — Lee’s Retreat —
Just northeast of here, on the afternoon of April 6, 1865, a Union detachment tried and failed to burn High Bridge – where the South Side Railroad crossed the Appomattox River – and restrict the Confederate retreat to the south side of . . . — Map (db m11820) HM
10Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Double BridgesLee’s Retreat — April 6, 1865 —
In this ground, the Confederate column and wagon train became bogged down while crossing Sailor’s Creek. The Union forces in pursuit then assailed the Southerners and captured a large number of prisoners and wagons before darkness put an end to the . . . — Map (db m11808) HM
11Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Double BridgesWagon Train Bogged Down — Lee's Retreat —
Late in the afternoon of April 6, 1865, the Confederate wagon train that had passed Holt’s Corner and then turned south at James S. Lockett’s farm toward Rice’s Station began crossing the two bridges here, across Little Sailor’s Creek and Big . . . — Map (db m117559) HM
12Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Ewell’s Line of DefenseThe Confederates Dig In
On Thursday, April 6, 1865, this high ground above Little Sailor’s Creek was protected by troops from the Richmond fortifications under Confederate General Richard S. Ewell. They hurriedly threw up a line of breastworks consisting of fence rails and . . . — Map (db m11793) HM
13Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — F-73 — High Bridge
One mile north stood the Southside Railroad Bridge, spanning the 75-foot-wide Appomattox River. On 6 April, 1865, nine hundred Union soldiers attempting to burn the 2500-foot-long, 126-foot-high structure were captured by Confederate cavalry. . . . — Map (db m10221) HM
14Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — M-24 — Lee's Retreat
Two miles north are the battlefields of Sailor's Creek, April 6, 1865. There Grant captured more men than were captured in any other one day's field engagement of the war. — Map (db m10222) HM
15Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Lockett HouseBattle of Sailor’s Creek — Lee’s Retreat —
Here, around the home of James S. Lockett, desperate fighting occurred near sundown on April 6, 1865, when the Union corps commanded by Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys almost overwhelmed Gen. John B. Gordon’s Confederate corps. The house, just across the . . . — Map (db m11804) HM
16Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Lockett HouseLee’s Retreat — April 6, 1865 —
While Confederate troops were attempting to cross Sailor’s Creek on the bridges below, the fighting between the two forces began here and continued into the bottomlands. After the battle, James Lockett’s bullet-ridden house was then pressed into . . . — Map (db m11805) HM
17Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Marshall’s CrossroadsLee’s Retreat — April 6, 1865 —
Union cavalry found Confederate infantry posted here along the road to Rice’s Depot. While others fought along Little Sailor’s Creek at Hillsman’s farm, the horse soldiers attacked this portion of Lee’s army which eventually withdrew from the field . . . — Map (db m11794) HM
18Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Z-285 — Prince Edward County / Nottoway County
(Front): Prince Edward County Area 356 Square Miles Formed from Amelia, and named for Prince Edward, son of Frederick, prince of Wales, and younger brother of King George III. General Joseph E. Johnston was born in this county; . . . — Map (db m10223) HM
19Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Rice’s DepotLee’s Retreat — April 6, 1865 —
Confederate troops began entrenching on the high ground across the road from Burkesville Junction. Upon the approach of the Union army, the forces skirmished briefly until darkness ended the fighting. General Lee headquartered here before his march . . . — Map (db m11814) HM
20Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Rice’s DepotRetreat and Pursuit — Lee’s Retreat —
Gen. James Longstreet’s corps, leading the Confederate retreat westward, reached Rice’s Depot along the South Side Railroad and entrenched on April 6, 1865, while the Battle of Sailor’s Creek raged to the east. Here Longstreet guarded the road from . . . — Map (db m11829) HM
21Virginia (Prince Edward County), Rice — Sailor’s Creek
Here Lee fought his last battle, April 6, 1865. Ewell almost won a great vic- tory but was overwhelmed by Sheridan. Nottoway Chapter U.D.C. 1928Map (db m11806) HM
 
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