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County History
Dinwiddie County was formed May 1 1752 from Prince George County.  The county is named for Robert Dinwiddie, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. 
The first inhabitants of the area were Paleo Indians.  They are believed to have been nomadic hunter gaterers following animal migrations.  Early stone tools have been discovered in various fields within the county. 
The county raised several militia units that would fight in the American Revolution. Dinwiddie county was the birthplace of Elizbeth (Burwell) Hobbs Keckly who worked for Mrs. Jefferson Davis and later Mrs. Lincoln as a free black dressmaker; of Thomas Day, later at Milton, NC, well noted there as a free black cabinetmaker within the state of NC and southern VA; and of Dr. Thomas Stewart, perhaps Amrica's first free black 18th century rural physician.

During the Civil War the Battle of Lewis's Farm, fought along Quaker Road occurred on 29 March 1865, this was the first in a series of attempts by Grant's army to cut Lee's final supply line -- the South Side Railroad -- in spring 1865.  Here the Union forces led by Brigadeer General Joshua L Chamberlain engaged Confederates under Major General Bushrod R Johnson.  After sharp fighting, the Union troops entrenched nearby along the Boydton Plank Road and Johnson withdrew to his lines at White Oak Road.  The Union army cut the rail line four days later, after capturing Five Forks on the first of April in 1865 at the Battle of Five Forks.  Several other engagements were fought in Dinwiddie county, including the Battle of Dinwiddie Court House, battle of Sutherland's Station, and Battle of White Oak Road. 

Ammon - Carson - Church Road - DeWitt - Dinwiddie -
Edgehill - Ford - Sutherland - Wilsons

Battle of Peebles' Farm - Battle of Lewis's Farm - Battle of Dinwiddie Court House
Battle of White Oak Road - Battle of Five Forks - Battle of Sutherland's Station

Note: Even though Petersburg is now an independent city, we include its data here.

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Nov 2014:
Post Offices in 1850, Crime News

June 2014
Rose Obit

Jan 2014
Martin Bio, 1883 pensioners

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