Inscription. This is the approximate site where Union Lt. John Rodgers Meigs was killed in a fight with three Confederate scouts on October 3, 1864. In retaliation, General Philip H. Sheridan ordered that buildings over a large area, including the town of Dayton, be burned to the ground. The order to burn the town was later rescinded, but 30 other dwellings were destroyed in what became known as the "burnt district."
By Bernard Fisher
|1. Site Where Lt. John Rodgers Meigs Was Killed Marker|
Location. 38° 25.433′ N, 78° 55.309′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Meigs Lane 0.1 miles east of John Wayland Highway, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton VA 22821, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Death of Lt. Meigs (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Death of Lt. Meigs (a few steps from this marker); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shenandoah College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (approx. one mile away); Lt. Col. Thomas F. Wildes (approx. one mile away); Daniel Bowman Mill at Silver Lake (approx. one mile away); First Church in Rockingham County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dayton (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
s. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Killing of Lt. Meigs and the Burning of Dayton
By Bernard Fisher, December 27, 2008
|2. Meigs Historic Site|
1. For more information about the death of Lt. J. R. Meigs...
For more information about the death of Lt. J. R. Meigs, please consider reading an article titled, In the Shadow of the Valley:Lieutenant Meigs Dies, by George Skoch, in Civil War Times Magazine, September 1984, pp. 34-39.
— Submitted August 25, 2009, by George Skoch of Fairview Park, Ohio.
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 798 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on January 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 2. submitted on January 9, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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