Battle of Sailors (Sayler's) Creek

Battle of Sailors (Sayler's) Creek (HM57F)

Location: Jetersville, VA 23083 Amelia County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 18.623', W 78° 13.299'

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This is the Hillsman House, used by the Unionists as a hospital in the engagement of April 6, 1865. From the west side of the creek the Confederates charged and broke through the Union infantry, but were stopped by the batteries along the hillside here. A mass surrender followed, including a corps commander, Gen. R. S. Ewell, several other generals, many colonels, about 7000 rank and file, and several hundred wagons. It was the largest unstipulated surrender of the war.(over)

At the same time another engagement took place two miles north, on the main Sailor's (Sayler's) Creek, where Gen. John B. Gordon repulsed pursuing Union Troops. He lost most of his wagons but saved the majority of his men. At this time Gen. Robert E. Lee was retreating from Petersburg toward Danville, closely followed by Gen. Grant. Lee lost half of his troops in these two memorable rearguard actions, which foreshadowed the surrender at Appomattox three days later.(over)
HM NumberHM57F
Marker NumberM-26
Year Placed1948
Placed ByVirginia Conservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 3:16pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 746224 N 4132925
Decimal Degrees37.31038333, -78.22165000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.623', W 78° 13.299'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 37.38" N, 78° 13' 17.94" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7600-7798 State Rte 617, Jetersville VA 23083, US
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