Battle of High Bridge

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Battle of High Bridge
Began:

April 6, 1865

Ended:

April 7, 1865

Location:

Prince Edward and Cumberland Counties, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Appomattox Campaign

Outcome:

Inconclusive

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Combatants
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Commanders

Theodore Read
Colonel, USA
Thomas Rosser
Major General, USA
Andrew A. Humphreys
Major General, USA

Thomas L. Rosser
Major General, CSA
William Mahone
Major General, CSA

Strength

880

1,200

Casualties

847

~100

  

On April 6, the Confederate cavalry fought stubbornly to secure the Appomattox River bridges. Confederate general Dearing was mortally wounded. On April 7, elements of the II Corps came up against Longstreet’s rear guard attempting to fire the High Bridge and wagon bridge. Union forces were able to save the wagon bridge over which the II Corps crossed in pursuit of Lee’s army. Failure to destroy this bridge enabled Union forces to catch up with the Confederates at Farmville. (NPS summary)