Powhatan County, Virginia

Powhatan County, Va.

During the War Between the States, Powhatan was spared the battles that raged around Richmond, but became significant during the waning days of the Confederacy. After the fall of Richmond retreating Confederate forces passed through the Courthouse area. Robert E. Lee also lived in the County during the summer immediately following the war. Today, there are five sites throughout the County that are part of the Civil War Trails system, bringing tourism to the area.

Powhatan Light Artillery

The Powhatan Light Artillery was organized in July, 1861, with men raised in Powhatan County. The unit served in the Army of Northern Virginia assigned to J.T. Brown's and R.A. Hardaway's Battalion of Artillery. Many were captured at Sayler's Creek on April 6, 1865. Only 1 man surrendered with the army. Captain Willis J. Dance was in command.