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High Bridge

Battle Name: High Bridge
Other Names: None
State: Virginia
Location: Prince Edward County and Cumberland County
Campaign: Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865)
Dates: April 6-7, 1865
Principal Commanders: April 6: Col. T. Read [US]; Maj. Gen. Thomas Rosser [CS]. April 7: Maj. Gen. A.A. Humphreys [US]; Maj. Gen. William Mahone [CS]
Forces Engaged: Divisions
Estimated Casualties: 1,200 total (US 800 captured)
Description: 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.
Results: Inconclusive

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