Rice's Depot

Rice's Depot (HM7MT)

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

N 37° 16.294', W 78° 17.441'

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Retreat and Pursuit

— Lee's Retreat —

Gen. James Longstreet's corps, leading the Confederate retreat westward, reached Rice's Depot along the South Side Railroad and entrenched on April 6, 1865, while the Battle of Sailor's Creek raged to the east. Here Longstreet guarded the road from Burkeville Junction and blocked Union access to High Bridge via the railroad. From here, Gen. Robert E. Lee rode back towards the Sailor's Creek battlefield and learned of the disaster that had befallen the army there.

Part of Gen. Edward O.C. Ord's Army of the James, a corps led by Gen. John Gibbon, approached the station early in the afternoon on its way to support a detachment assigned to burn the bridge. Three infantry brigades marched up the railroad in front of you; behind you, Longstreet's divisions awaited the attack. The Federals deployed in battle formation and heavy skirmishing erupted, but Gibbon did not have time before sunset to assault the Confederate position. After dark, assured that the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia had safely passed over High Bridge, Longstreet disengaged and slipped away to Farmville.
HM NumberHM7MT
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 9:30am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 740228 N 4128439
Decimal Degrees37.27156667, -78.29068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 16.294', W 78° 17.441'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 16' 17.64" N, 78° 17' 26.46" W
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Area Code(s)434, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 43-85 Co Rd 600, Rice VA 23966, US
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