High Bridge, VA

[High Bridge over the Appomattox River - Courtesy of Wikipedia]

Date(s): April 6-7, 1865

Campaign(s): Appomattox Campaign (March-April 1865)

Battles in Campaign:



  • Union: Col. T. Read  and Maj. Gen. A. A. Humphreys

  • Confederate: Maj. Gen. Thomas Rosser and Maj. Gen. William Mahone

Principal Forces: 

  • Union: 123rd Ohio Infantry and the 54th Pennsylvania Infantry and three companies (80 troopers) of the 4th Massachusetts Cavalry (900)

  • Confederate: Cavalry (1,200)


  • On April 6, the Confederate cavalry fought stubbornly to secure the Appomattox River bridges. 

  • 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.

Photo Gallery:2

High Bridge


Slide Presentation3: Appomattox Campaign

Classification4: C


  • Union: 847

  • Confederate: 100

Results: Inconclusive

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Virginia Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of civil-war-journeys.org."

3 Slide Presentation Published on 6/23/07. Click on link to view as web-based slide show.

4 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

5 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 03/22/2013