Federal Debacle: "The retreat was a route"
— Wilson-Kautz Raid —Racing the pursuing Confederate cavalry for the safety of the Union lines at Petersburg after accomplishing most of its mission, Gen. James H. Wilson's command reached Ream's Station about 7 a.m. June 29. Two brigades of Gen. William Mahone's Confederate infantry immediately attacked, beginning a 10-hour battle. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz decided to abandon their wagons, wounded, and artillery, and cut their way through to Federal lines. At mid-afternoon Wilson issued all the ammunition the troops could carry and began burning wagons and caissons before breaking out. Just then, a coordinated Confederate attack completely collapsed the Federal lines. Kautz led his men through the woods and reached Federal lines by 9 p.m. Wilson, in the rear with the wagons, retreated south across Stony Creek. At the Blackwater River, Wilson's men rebuilt a bridge and crossed over to safety.
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 4:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 284865 N 4108278|
|Decimal Degrees||37.09613333, -77.42075000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 5.768', W 77° 25.245'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 5' 46.08" N, 77° 25' 14.70" W|
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|Area Code(s)||804, 434|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 12707-12711 State Rte 1101, Petersburg VA 23805, US|
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