— Lee's Retreat —Half-starved and exhausted, the vanguard of the Army of Northern Virginia stumbled into Farmville early on the morning of April 7, 1865. Here, at last, the men found long-promised rations - everything from bread to soup and ham. While the head of the army feasted, the rear guard, a few miles east, tried and failed to burn both bridges at High Bridge and keep the Union army south of the Appomattox River. With the Federals approaching, the Confederate supply trains rolled west toward Appomattox Station on the South Side Railroad, frustrating most of the soldiers who went unfed. By 1:30, the Confederates had entrenched north of the river at Cumberland Church, and the Union army occupied the town.
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|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 4:38pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 731211 N 4132021|
|Decimal Degrees||37.30610000, -78.39116667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 18.366', W 78° 23.47'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 18' 21.96" N, 78° 23' 28.20" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 199 Elm St, Farmville VA 23901, US|
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