"Destroy both those roads"
— Wilson - Kautz Raid —In June 1864, Gen. U.S. Grant began to confine Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia within the Richmond and Petersburg defenses. The South Side R.R., connecting Petersburg and Lynchburg, and the Richmond and Danville R.R. supplied Lee's men. The two lines formed a junction in Burkesville. Seeking to deny their use to Lee, Grant directed Gen. James H. Wilson's 3,000-man cavalry division and Gen. August V. Kautz's division (2,500 cavalrymen) with three batteries of regular U.S. artillery to "destroy both those roads to the greatest extent possible, continuing their destruction until driven from it by such attacks of the enemy, as you can no longer resist." The detachment left from Mt. Sinai Church in Prince George County at 2 a.m. on June 22, in a column containing 30 to 40 supply wagons and two to four mountain howitzers in Kautz's command. Federal II and VI Corps attempts to seize the Weldon Railroad in the Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road helped cover the raider's departure.
|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 24th, 2014 at 9:31pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 297062 N 4121830|
|Decimal Degrees||37.22091667, -77.28728333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 13.255', W 77° 17.237'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 13' 15.30" N, 77° 17' 14.22" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6450 Administration Dr, Prince George VA 23875, US|
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