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Hanging Rock in Roanoke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

McCausland Attacks

Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

 
 
McCausland Attacks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
1. McCausland Attacks Marker
Inscription. Near the site, on the morning of June 21, 1864, Union Major General David Hunterís ambulances, artillery, and supply and munitions wagons crossed the ford at Masonís Creek. The wagon train stalled, and was left unprotected because U.S. Brig. General Alexander Duffie had moved his cavalry ahead to Catawba Mountain.

Just before 9:00 A.M., Confederate Major General Robert Ransom turned over his front-line cavalry to Confederate Brig. General John McCausland, and some sixty of those troops rode down through Hanging Rock Gap to attack the exposed wagons and artillery. The Confederate cavalry palyed havoc with the Union cannons, munitions wagons, and their drivers.

When he heard the explosions and noises of battle, Hunter ordered Brig. General William Averellís cavalry forward, along with infantry support, to fight off McCauslandís assault. The arrival of Averellís soldiers forced the Confederates to pull back from the gap.
 
Erected 1999 by County of Roanoke, the City of Salem, and the Hanging Rock Battlefield and Railway Preservation Foundation.
 
Location. 37° 19.57′ N, 80° 2.546′ W. Marker is in Hanging Rock, Virginia, in Roanoke County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Thompson
Closeup of portraits on the McCausland Attacks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
2. Closeup of portraits on the McCausland Attacks Marker
Memorial Drive (Virginia Route 311) and Kessler Mill Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salem VA 24153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hanging Rock Coal Trestle (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Future Presidents In Wartime Retreat (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Hanging Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Hanging Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Morgan Jones (approx. 0.2 miles away); United Daughters of the Confederacy Monuments (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hanging Rock (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hanging Rock.
 
More about this marker. Marker is one of several interpretive signs along the cinder-surfaced, 1.7-mile long Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail that winds along Mason Creek and Kessler Mill Road in Salem, Virginia.

Portraits on the marker include: Major General Robert Ransom, CSA (first row, left), Brigadier General John McCausland, CSA (first row, right), Brigadier General Alexander Duffie, USA (second row, left), Major General David Hunter, USA (second row, center), and Brigadier General William Averell, USA (second row, right)
McCausland Attacks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., December 28, 2008
3. McCausland Attacks Marker

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,199 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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