Near Verbena in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Shield's Advance & Retreat
Jackson Divides and Conquers
—1862 Valley Campaign —
In the days that followed, Jackson defeated the two armies in piece meal fashion, first Frémont at Cross Keys on June 8, then Shields at Port Republic on June 9. Both Federal armies were forced to retreat along the routes by which they had arrived. On reaching this area near Price's Mill (a later mil stands on its site), Shields' defeated army finally came to a halt and bivouacked before continuing the
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 27.929′ N, 78° 37.04′ W. Marker is near Verbena, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is at the intersection of Moose Bottom Road and U.S. 340, on the left when traveling east on Moose Bottom Road. Click for map. Located just north of the Page and Rockingham County Lines, in a small park next to the Shenandoah Moose Lodge. Marker is in this post office area: Shenandoah VA 22849, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Verbena (here, next to this marker); Shenandoah Iron Works (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Stevens Cottage 1890 (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Settler (approx. 3.1 miles away); Miller-Argabright-Cover-Kite House (approx. 3.9 miles away); Jennings House (approx. 4 miles away); Somerville Heights (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Burning of Red Bridge (approx. 4.4 miles away).
More about this marker. To the right of the text is a map of the campaign, showing the Union advance along with important locations with related Civil War Trails markers. Inset with the map is a portrait of General James Shields and a photo of "Captain" Joseph Price's mill (circa 1900).
Regarding Shield's Advance & Retreat. This marker is one of several detailing Civil War activities in Page County, Virginia. Please see the Page County Civil War Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. General James Shields. Prior to the war, Shields had served with distinction in the Mexican War. He is also remembered for having challenged Abraham Lincoln to a duel. The two later became friendly. Shields answered Lincoln's call for support at the beginning of the war, volunteering his services to the Union army.
2. Reports of Maj. Gen. James Shields. Concering his advance, Shields wrote:
my advance guard reached the Shenandoah at Honeyville, but found the White House Bridge and Columbia Bridge both burned, thus cutting off all hope of attacking his flank at New Market. I then pushed forward the advance as rapidly as possible, in hopes of finding the bridge at Conrad's Store still standing, but that bridge was also found burned. During the whole of this time, which occupied nearly three days, the rain poured down in torrents, so that the Shenandoah overflowed its banks, and the mountain streams became rivers. It became impossible to move forward; the wagons sank in the mud to the axles, and all communication was cut off for a time between the main body and the advance guard. In this condition the first question was to live, to obtain supplies, as none could reach us over such roads.
3. Page County Civil War Markers.
4. Avenue of Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County, Virginia.
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