Newport News, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
In the Line of March
—1862 Peninsula Campaign —
Followers of Thomas and Alexander Campbell, known as Campbellites, established the first Lebanon Church congregation in York County early in the 19th century. The members worshipped in an abandoned Episcopal church in nearby Kiskiack from 1825 to 1833. The next year, they moved to Warwick County and began constructing a log church that burned down before it was completed. The congregation then met in a small building here. By 1853, a new clapboard structure was completed; fire destroyed it in 1859. The members immediately built this brick church, but it soon suffered the ravages of war. Afterward, the congregation failed to secure federal funds for balcony repairs and other purposes, and the building was not repaired until early in the 1900s.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 12.766′ N, 76° 34.262′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Yorktown Road (Virginia Route 238), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Endview (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Endview (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Lebanon Church (a few steps from this marker); Aviation Field Yorktown (a few steps from this marker); The Dairy Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Endview Spring (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
More about this marker. Photographs of Col. John B. Magruder, Gen William F. Smith and Gen. Winfield S. Hancock appear on the top of the marker. The upper right of the marker features a map of “Magruder’s Yorktown defenses, showing Lebanon Church and Lee Hall.”
The sidebar includes a 1917 photo of Lebanon Church courtesy Dorothy Boniville.
Also see . . .
1. The Peninsula Campaign.
2. Tidewater Virginia, The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Civil War Traveler.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,155 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 17, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.