Francis Washburn - ( 7th cousin 3x removed )
Born: 06 Jul 1838, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts
Died: 22 Apr 1865, Lancaster, Worcester, Mass.
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General
1st Lieut. in Co. K 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry on 07 Mar 1862
Captain in Co. D 2nd Mass. Volunteer Cavalry on 26 Jan 1863
Lieut. Col. in 4th Mass. Volunteer Cavalry on 04 Feb 1864, was sent with his new regiment to the Florida Theatre of operations, where they took part in the 20 Feb 1864 Battle of Olustee
in May 1864, they were ordered to Virginia, where they became part of the Army of the James, in operations near Richmond and Petersburg, most notably in the Battles of Chafffin's Farm an dNew Market Heights in Sep 28 and 30 1864, then promoted as Colonel on 04 Feb 1865 in the 4th Mass. for the Battle of High Bridge.
The Battle of High Bridge fought on 06 Apr 1865 and 07 Apr 1865, near the end of the Appomattox Campaign about four miles northeast of Farmville, Virginia.
On 06 Apr 1865, Confederate Cavalry under Major General Thomas L. Rosser fought stubbornly to secure the South side Railroad's High Bridge and Lower Wagon Bridge over the Appomattox River near Farmville. A large Union Army raiding party intended to destroy the bridges to prevent the Confederate Army from crossing back to the North side of the river. Both sides had several Officers killed and wounded. The entire Union force of about 800 men was captured. The Confederates suffered about 100 casualties. Union Colonel Breve Brigadier General Theodore Read and Confederate Colonel Reuben B. Boston were killed. Union Colonel Francis Washburn and Confederate James Dearing were mortally wounded.
On 07 Apr 1865, Confederate Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet's rear guard attempted to burn the bridges that the Confederates had saved the day before in order to prevent Union forces from following them across. Troops of the Union II Corps fought the Confederates assigned to burn the bridges in an effort to drive off the Confederates and save the bridges. Part of the railroad bridge burned and was rendered unstable but Union forces were able to save the wagon bridges over which the II Corps crossed in pursuit of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.
Failure to destroy the bridge enabled Union forces to catch up with the Confederates North of the Appomattox River at Cumberland Church 3 miles North of Farmville.
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