Double Bridges

Double Bridges (HM27MU)

Location: Rice, VA 23966 Prince Edward County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 19.603', W 78° 15.514'

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Wagon 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 Sailor's Creek in this low ground.

The wagons, which jammed the narrow road and small bridges, soon bogged down. Behind this roadblock, to the north, Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon's corps took up positions near the Lockett House as Union Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys closed in with his 2nd Corps.

Near sunset, the fighting at the Lockett House intensified, and the Confederates began to withdraw. Darkness ended the fighting but not before the Federals had captured 1,300 prisoners, 3 guns, 70 ambulances, and more than 300 supply wagons. The remainder of the Confederate soldiers and wagons retreated in the darkness toward High Bridge.
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HM NumberHM27MU
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 742899 N 4134642
Decimal Degrees37.32671667, -78.25856667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.603', W 78° 15.514'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 36.18" N, 78° 15' 30.84" W
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Area Code(s)434, 804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Rd 619, Rice VA 23966, US
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