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Near West Augusta in Augusta County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“… to go wee did not know where”
 
“… to go wee did not know where” Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, February 27, 2009
1. “… to go wee did not know where” Marker
 
Inscription. On April 20, 1862, the Confederate garrison left Fort Johnson to protect Staunton, and to avoid being cut off from the rear by another advancing Union Army. Lt. Pryor describes the retreat from the mountain.

Camp at Westview, 7 mil
N, Of Staunton

My Dear Penelope,

I take the opportunity this morning to let you know what weev been doing since I last wrote you. Wee were lying quietly at Camp Shenandoah. Gen. Jackson dispatched to Gen. Johnson to meet him at Harrisonburg. Johnson went in 6 hours, but after he left wee received another message that Jackson had fallen back 6 miles south of Harrisonburg and left the main pike & turned turwards the Blue Ridge, which left the main road open for the enemy to go down to Staunton, & they were nearer than wee were. Wee were ordered to pack up amediately to go wee did not know where.

Wee left the old camp about one hour by sun, marched down to Buffalo Gap over the worst road & the darkest knight I ever saw 12 miles. I waded mud up to my knees for miles; I imagin that I had never seen any hard times before. Wee got to Buffalo Gap at 12 oclock at knight, it raining. Wee built fires, stood around them in the rain untwill late the next day before the train of wagons caught up. Wee then started on again toward Staunton; got to this place 4 miles from the gap and was ordered
 
“… to go wee did not know where” Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2010
2. “… to go wee did not know where” Marker
 
to halt to waite further orders, so wee are now here. I slept the first knight after getting here, was officer of the picket guard last knight.

I am just too tired & sleepy to write you any more now; will write you again in a few days if I get the chance.

Give my love to all.

I am yours,
Shep
 
Erected by U.S. Forest Service.
 
Location. 38° 18.783′ N, 79° 22.9′ W. Marker is near West Augusta, Virginia, in Augusta County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 250, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Part of the “Confederate Breastworks Trail” at Fort Edward Johnson. Marker is in this post office area: West Augusta VA 24485, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 13 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. “We had a hardscrabble up…” (within shouting distance of this marker); “Wee are now looking out for a fight…” (within shouting distance of this marker); Healing the Wounds (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Wee are faring badly…” (about 600 feet away); “... tolerable well fortified” (about 700 feet away); “It
 
“… to go wee did not know where” Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, February 27, 2009
3. “… to go wee did not know where” Marker
 
was cold business”
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Edward Johnson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Fort Edward Johnson (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Edward Johnson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Breastworks Interpretive Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); “The Shenandoah Mountain Pass is grand indeed…” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Highland County / Augusta County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mountain House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Augusta.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a sketch depicting soldiers and horses hauling a cannon with its limber up a mountain slope. (This drawing probably was created to illustrate Federal troops bringing cannon into action during the Chattanooga campaign in Tennessee.)
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
View from the “… to go wee did not know where” Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, February 27, 2009
4. View from the “… to go wee did not know where” Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 687 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on March 6, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.   2. submitted on May 5, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on March 6, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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