Cumberland Church

Cumberland Church (HM7N3)

Location: Farmville, VA 23901 Cumberland County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 20.738', W 78° 23.127'

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Union Closes In

— Lee's Retreat —

Here at Cumberland Church, in the afternoon of April 7, 1865, part of the Army of Northern Virginia entrenched to protect the route west to Appomattox Station, where supplies awaited the men. The Confederate line, across the road behind you, stretched a third of a mile to the north, where it then curled around to the west. After repulsing several Union assaults, the Confederates also turned back an attack on their left flank, where Gen. William Mahone held the line. The Federals dug in as evening fell. Under cover of darkness, the Confederate army slipped away but had lost valuable time as the Union army closed in.

It was here that evening, Gen. Robert E. Lee declined a request for surrender sent to him by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. From Cumberland Church, Lee could see the Blue Ridge Mountains; he still hoped to move west and then escape to North Carolina.
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HM NumberHM7N3
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Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 12:23pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 731596 N 4136422
Decimal Degrees37.34563333, -78.38545000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 20.738', W 78° 23.127'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 20' 44.28" N, 78° 23' 7.62" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16513-16573 VA-45, Farmville VA 23901, US
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