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VIRGINIA BATTLEFIELD PHOTOS

 SUBMITTED BY J ROSS CARSON (05/03/2009)

I just got back from a little trip out to Richmond and Lynchburg to get a few pictures of some of the locations our Rileys fought, were wounded and died during the Civil War. Unfortunately it rained nearly the entire time so the pictures are limited to what I could get considering the weather.

The first 3 pictures are connected to Pvt. Gillum Riley who fought and was wounded at both Deep Bottom (Fussel's Mill) and Darbytown Road. These historical markers are only about a mile or so apart. The inscription on the first marker is easy to read so I won't add it here. But, the inscription on the second marker is difficult to read at the angle of the picture. So it's added with the picture.

The last 7 pictures are within the Old City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA where Pvt. George Riley is buried. Information is written with each picture.  Please click HERE to view a burial document for George Riley (submitted by Madelyn Stark).

Sincerely,
J. Ross Carson


Battle of Darbytown Road
Lee’s Last Advance North of the James
 
Inscription. A massive two-pronged Union attack on September 29, 1864, captured New Market Heights and a section of Richmond’s outer defenses including Fort Harrison. Not wishing to concede a vital part of his line to the enemy, Confederate commander Robert E. Lee ordered a counterattack the next day. The assault failed miserably. Undaunted, Lee ordered a second attempt. On October 7, with cavalry and two divisions of infantry, Lee attempted to regain the lost fortifications around Fort Harrison. It would be his last major
offensive north of the James River.

The attack began well for the Confederates. With the support of the cavalry, Gen. Charles Field’s infantry division overwhelmed Federal cavalry under Gen. August Kautz along Darbytown Road. Following up his early success, Field turned south to attack Gen. Alfred Terry’s Federal division along New Market Road. However, Field’s support, under Gen. Robert Hoke, remained inactive. Without Hoke, Field’s three brigades pushed straight ahead. Terry’s command had the advantage of fighting behind earthworks and firing with Spencer repeating rifles. The Federal artillery quickly got into action and punished the Confederate attack. Nearly 1,000 men fell in the short, bitter struggle. By noon, the firing ceased and the Southern survivors faded away.

“My dear Brother, As I know you will be anxious to hear from me when you hear of the fight that occurred yesterday, I therefore take the earliest opportunity to inform you that I have been permitted to survive another terrible fight…the order was given to charge and we raised a yell and dashed forward at a double quick. We got up within forty yards of the enemy and was ordered to halt, our line being cut down so fast it was thought advisable to halt and await reinforcements, but the support did not come up and we was compelled to fall back. It was the heaviest fire we ever was under, and we lost about one third of our men.”
- James S. Wingard, Palmetto Sharpshooters, South Carolina. Letter to
his brother, October 8, 1864

 

George Riley's marker, inscribed G R, G 54 ALA. The inscription is

George Riley's marker, inscribed G R, G 54 ALA. The inscription is
wrong, he was in Co. G, 15th ALA. The cemetery list has his
information listed correctly.



Marker is second from the left, close to the center of the picture.
 

An obelisk near the grave with one Confederate State listed on each

An obelisk near the grave with one Confederate State listed on each
block.  George Riley's grave is close to the last tree on the right.

 

Information about how to find a grave in the Confederate section.  Geroge Riley is correctly listed as being in Co. G, 15th Ala on this
list of soldiers buried here. His name is in the second column, four down from where the word Georgia is in the column to the right.

 

"In Memory of the Confederate Dead Buried Here"