"emporia virginia" Emporia by doug48

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emporia is a small town located near I-95 in southern virginia. emporia is named after emporia kansas. the town of hicksford was established in 1710 and the town of belfield was established in 1789 and these two towns merged to form emporia in 1887. the most important event in the history of emporia was the "apple jack" raid in 1864. for those interested in civil war history and antebellum architecture emporia is an interesting side trip off of I-95 in southern virginia.

on december 7 th 1864 the forces of union general gouverneur k. warren marched from petersburg to modern day emporia to destroy the confederate railroad supply line running through emporia. after a day long battle the forces of confederate general wade hampton repulsed the union raiders and forced them to retreat back to petersburg. during their retreat through susses county union troops "committed depredations on the local population and paid the ultimate price for their indiscretions". union soldiers were under the influence of apple brandy which was locally called "apple jack".

  • Last visit to Emporia: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 26, 2011
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