Ream's Station

Ream's Station (HM8XQ)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23805
Country: United States of America

N 37° 5.767', W 77° 25.245'

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First Encounter

— Wilson-Kautz Raid —

In June 1864, to deny Gen. Robert E. Lee the use of the South Side R.R. and the Richmond and Danville R.R., Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sent Gen. James H. Wilson and Gen. August V. Kautz south of Petersburg on a cavalry raid to destroy track and rolling stock. The 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry, the advance guard of the Wilson-Kautz column, arrived here at Ream's Station about 7:30 a.m. on June 22 and burned the station and other buildings. The road in front of you was the Petersburg & Weldon R.R. bed. Gen. James Dearing's 800-man cavalry brigade of Gen. W.H.F. "Rooney" Lee's cavalry division was alerted, and it engaged the rear of Wilson's column in a running skirmish that continued some ten miles to Dinwiddie Court House.

[Reams Station] was guarded by a small body of militia. A portion of them were captured and the remainder dispersed. Here the sad but necessary work of destruction began. All the buildings at the station, together with a locomotive, and a train of five or six cars, were consigned to the flames."
- Edward P. Tobie, 1st Maine Cavalry

"The enemy's pickets were encountered near the Jerusalem Plank Road, and were closely pursued to Ream's Station, several of them being captured along the way. General Kautz's orders were to move directly to Southerland's on the South Side Railroad, but the captured pickets informed him that General W.H.F. Lee, with two brigades of cavalry, was encamped in the path he was ordered to take. Being unwilling to endanger the expedition at the beginning by fostering an engagement, General Kautz turned the head of his column down the Weldon road, as if that was the object of the raid." - Trooper, 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry
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HM NumberHM8XQ
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 2:43am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284865 N 4108277
Decimal Degrees37.09611667, -77.42075000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 5.767', W 77° 25.245'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 5' 46.02" N, 77° 25' 14.70" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12707-12711 State Rte 1101, Petersburg VA 23805, US
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