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Glen Allen in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Meadow Farm

The Road to Yellow Tavern

 
 
Meadow Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
1. Meadow Farm Marker
Inscription. Union Gen. Philip Sheridan used the Mountain Road during his 1864 raid toward Richmond. His lengthy column of 12,000 horsemen passed here on the morning of May 11. The troopers spread out to destroy many miles of railroad track at Ashland, Allen’s Station (now known as Glen Allen), and Hungary Station. Shortly after passing here, Sheridan’s men encountered J.E.B. Stuart’s 3,000-man command blocking their route, which brought on the Battle of Yellow Tavern.

The Sheppard family lived at Meadow Farm during the Civil War. Dr. John Sheppard, a physician and farmer, his wife and nine children all felt the impact of the war. Alexander Hamilton, Dr. Sheppard’s oldest son, was a guard at Libby Prison, a Confederate prison for captured Union soldiers. Since the fall of 1863, the Confederate Government required farmers including Dr. Sheppard to turn over one-tenth of all their crops and meat as a tax in kind “for the common defense and [to] carry on the government of the Confederate states.” The loss of needed crops, shortages of basic consumer items and escalating inflation all contributed to the deteriorating quality of southern life.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Map of troop movements prior to the Battle of Yellow Tavern. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
2. Map of troop movements prior to the Battle of Yellow Tavern.

 
Location. 37° 40.582′ N, 77° 31.031′ W. Marker is in Glen Allen, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is on Meadow Farm Drive half a mile north of Mountain Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This marker is located in the parking lot of the Meadow Farm Museum in General Sheppard Crump Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3400 Mountain Road, Glen Allen VA 23060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Meadow Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); Box Car (approx. 0.3 miles away); Courtney Road Service Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Courtney Road Service Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sheppard and Baker's Grant (approx. 0.4 miles away); Caboose (approx. 0.4 miles away); Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Company (approx. 0.6 miles away); U.S. Railway Post Office Car (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glen Allen.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left are photos of Dr. John Sheppard and Mrs. Virginia Sheppard. On the right is a map detailing troop movements on the morning of May 11, 1864 leading to the Battle of Yellow Tavern. The inset shows a sketch of Dismounted troopers retiring
Meadow Farm CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
3. Meadow Farm CWT Marker
from Sheridan’s Raid.

 
Also see . . .
1. CWSAC Battle Summary. Yellow Tavern (Submitted on February 3, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Henrico County Recreation and Parks. Meadow Farm Museum (Submitted on February 3, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Civil War Traveler. Henrico County (Submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Meadow Farm, home of Dr. John Sheppard. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
4. Meadow Farm, home of Dr. John Sheppard.
Crump Park entrance from Mountain Road. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
5. Crump Park entrance from Mountain Road.
Meadow Farm Historic Site. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
6. Meadow Farm Historic Site.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,589 times since then and 153 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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