Action at Tye River

Action at Tye River (HM6L7)

Location: Arrington, VA 22922 Amherst County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 39.286', W 78° 57.677'

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On 11 June 1864, about 800 yards east, the Botetourt Battery prevented the destruction of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad bridge across the Tye River. This bridge was an important part of the Confederate railroad network for the movement of troops and supplies throughout Virginia. Confederate pickets of the Botetourt Battery, deployed as infantry and commanded by Capt. Henry C. Douthat, kept the Federal cavalry from destroying the bridge. This enabled Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early and the 2d Corps of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia to reach Lynchburg by train, to prevent its capture by Union Maj. Gen. David Hunter.
HM NumberHM6L7
Marker NumberR 61
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 9:38pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 679839 N 4169466
Decimal Degrees37.65476667, -78.96128333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 39.286', W 78° 57.677'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 39' 17.16" N, 78° 57' 40.62" W
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Area Code(s)434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 21921-22217 US-29, Arrington VA 22922, US
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