Lockett House

Lockett House (HM7M6)

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

N 37° 19.817', W 78° 14.89'

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Battle of Sailor's Creek

— Lee's Retreat —

Here, around the home of James S. Lockett, desperate fighting occurred near sundown on April 6, 1865, when the Union corps commanded by Gen. Andrew A. Humphreys almost overwhelmed Gen. John B. Gordon's Confederate corps. The house, just across the road, still bears the scars of battle.

Gordon's corps, which served as the rear guard for the Army of Northern Virginia, also protected the Confederate wagon train. To avoid the fighting near the Hillsman House, the train was rerouted first to the northwest and then south on this road. At the bottom of this hill, where double bridges crossed Little Sailor's Creek and Big Sailor's Creek, the wagon train bogged down. Humphreys first drove Gordon from his position here then pressed him across the creek. By the end of the battle, as the sun was setting, the Confederates had lost some 1,700 men - most of them as prisoners - to the Federals' 536. The remnant of Gordon's corps continued its march to Farmville, but about 300 wagons and seventy ambulances fell into Union hands.

After the fighting ended for the night, the Lockett House became a field hospital.

Gen. Robert E. Lee, after witnessing the rout of his army here at the Hillsman House and at the Marshall Farm with eight generals and about 7,700 men captured, exclaimed, "My God! Has the army been dissolved?"
HM NumberHM7M6
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 5:20pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 743809 N 4135064
Decimal Degrees37.33028333, -78.24816667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.817', W 78° 14.89'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 49.02" N, 78° 14' 53.40" W
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Area Code(s)434, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-245 Co Rd 619, Rice VA 23966, US
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