Historical Markers StoppingPoints.com Historical Markers, Sightseeing & Points of Interest Scenic Roads & Points of Interest
About Us | Photo Gallery | Free Widgets | Featured States | Search Site
Register or Edit LoginRegister
Home Virginia Amherst County Action at Tye River

Action at Tye River

N Amherst Hwy, VA , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 37° 39' 17.18694", -78° 57' 40.590936"
  Virginia VA State Historical Marker
Virginia State
Historical Marker

On 11 June 1864, about 800 yards east, the Botetourt Battery prevented the destruction of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad bridge across the Tye River. This bridge was an important part of the Confederate railroad network for the movement of troops and supplies throughout Virginia. Confederate pickets of the Botetourt Battery, deployed as infantry and commanded by Capt. Henry C. Douthat, kept the Federal cavalry from destroying the bridge. This enabled Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early and the 2d Corps of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia to reach Lynchburg by train, to prevent its capture by Union Maj. Gen. David Hunter.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
    Related Themes: C.S.A., Confederate States of America, Confederacy, Union States
Explore other
Virginia Civil War Historical Markers.

Action at Tye River Virginia Map