— Lee's Retreat —When General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia began its retreat from Petersburg and Richmond on the evening of April 2, 1865, part of the army crossed the Appomattox River at Campbell's Bridge here. Other columns crossed the river on three nearby bridges beginning about 8 p.m. Gen. James Longstreet, with whom Lee rode, crossed just west of here on the Battersea pontoon bridge and passed through Ettricks (now Ettrick). Gen. John B. Gordon led troops from the Petersburg defenses across the Pocahontas Bridge and the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge. Lee ordered the bridges destroyed after all had crossed. Union Col. Charles Walcott, 61st Massachusetts Infantry, noted that "On reaching Campbell's Bridge [after dawn] it was found to be burning very furiously. ... In spite of every exertion on the part of General [Charles H.T.] Collis and my officers and men to extinguish the flames, in which some of my men were seriously burned, the bridge fell in about 10 minutes after reaching it."
|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 17th, 2014 at 5:29pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 285587 N 4123365|
|Decimal Degrees||37.23216667, -77.41695000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 13.93', W 77° 25.017'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 13' 55.80" N, 77° 25' 1.02" W|
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|Area Code(s)||804, 434, 757|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 567-699 VA-36, Petersburg VA 23803, US|
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