The battlefield in Trevilians, where the largest all-cavalry battle of the Civil War occurred, is marked. During the battle, Union General Phillip Sheridan attempted a raid on the Virginia Central Railroad to break Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s vital supply line from the Shenandoah Valley. Approximately 13,000 cavalrymen were involved and 1,619 were killed or injured.
Louisa County hosted a re-enactment of the battle in 2010. The local government will host two more re-enactments, one in 2012 and one celebrating the 150th anniversary of the battle in 2014. Partnering with the Civil War Preservation Trust, the Trevilian Station Battlefield Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the battlefield and the county’s history, owns the property.
To further their mission, the foundation has developed a driving tour of significant historic Civil War sites within the county which are marked with Civil War Trail markers. One of those stops is Oakland Cemetery in the town of Louisa, where many northern and southern casualties of the Battle of Trevilian Station are buried.
The 94 graves mark the final resting place of many of those who lost their lives in the confrontation, and the markers include an obelisk which is a memorial to three sons in one family who all died as a result of the war.
Another non-profit group, the Trevilian Station Battlefield Riders was formed to implement a trail system on the more than 2,000 acres of Battlefield that has been preserved by the Trevilians Station Battlefield Foundation. These trails will be available for hiking and horseback riding though a membership with the TSBRiders. Members will learn educational information on the Battlefield while developing and maintaining equestrian trails throughout the property. Through the group’s efforts, this property will be an important part of the Louisa County community providing recreation and education. The group plans to host pleasure rides throughout the year, along with educational rides and other events that will be open to the public.