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High Bridge (1865)
 
War:   American Civil War
 
Date(s):   6 Apr 1865 - 7 Apr 1865
 
Location:   Prince Edward & Cumberland Counties, Virginia, US
 
Outcome:   Inconclusive
 
Description:   Col. T. Read, Maj. Gen. A.A. Humphreys, USA
Maj. Gen. Thomas Rosser, Maj. Gen. William Mahone, CSA

Roughly a Union regiment was trapped by strong Confederate cavalry forces.

Losses were modest, about 1,200 in total.

On April 6, the Confederate cavalry fought stubbornly to secure the Appomattox River bridges against a flying column of Union infantry. They succeeded, and killed or captured the whole detachment.

But the next morning the Confederate rearguard were clumsily handled. Little Billy Mahone pulled back too quickly, and elements of the II Corps rushed over before the bridges (road and rail) burned through. II Corps crossed in pursuit, and Mahone’s heavy counterattacks failed. Failure to destroy this bridge enabled Union forces to catch up with the Confederates at Farmville, costing Lee the head start he sought.


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