11 June 1864, about 800 yards east, the Botetourt Battery prevented the destruction of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad bridge across the Tye River. This bridge was an important part of the Confederate railroad network for the movement of troops and supplies throughout Virginia. Confederate pickets of the Botetourt Battery, deployed as infantry and commanded by Capt. Henry C. Douthat, kept the Federal cavalry from destroying the bridge. This enabled Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early and the 2d Corps of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia to reach Lynchburg by train, to prevent its capture by Union Maj. Gen. David Hunter.
Geographic Location: Amherst County
Physical Description of Location: Amherst, VA 24521. Located on Thomas Nelson Hwy, 0.75 miles southwest of the intersection of Thomas Nelson Hwy and Tye River Road. Marker is on the left when traveling southwest on Thomas Nelson Hwy.
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