“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bridgewater in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Bridgewater During the War

Bridgewater Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, February 20, 2009
1. Bridgewater Marker
Inscription. The town of Bridgewater was a center of Confederate logistical activity during the Civil War. It also sent one company of infantry, the Bridgewater Grays, to the 10th Virginia Infantry Regiment, which fought in most of the major battles in Virginia as well as at Gettysburg.

A Confederate remount station for cavalrymen from states other than Virginia was located a few blocks behind you. Confederate partisan ranger chief Capt. Charles Woodson of Missouri got mounts for his men here when they operated in the Valley in the summer and fall of 1864.

Bridgewater was also a collection point for Confederate tax-in-kind supplies, when Virginians with little cash paid their taxes in meat (live and cured), produce, tobacco, wool, hides, and anything else useful to the Confederate war effort. The town collection center was a two-story log cabin near here. At the approach of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s Union army on the fall of 1864, the revenue agent let townspeople take whatever they wanted and then burned the rest on the cabin lawn to keep it out of Federal hands. Gen. George A. Custer’s U.S. Cavalry division occupied Bridgewater from September 30 to October 5, 1864.
Erected by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series.
Two Virginia Civil War Trails Bridgewater Markers are along the waterfront here Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, February 20, 2009
2. Two Virginia Civil War Trails Bridgewater Markers are along the waterfront here
This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 22.789′ N, 78° 58.789′ W. Marker is in Bridgewater, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on West Riverside Drive (State Highway 42). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgewater VA 22812, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Bridgewater (a few steps from this marker); Famous Travelers Along the Turnpike (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rockingham County / Augusta County (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bridgewater College (approx. 2.5 miles away); Sheridan's Last Raid (approx. 3 miles away); Mossy Creek (approx. 3.1 miles away); Dayton (approx. 3.1 miles away); a different marker also named Bridgewater College (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bridgewater.
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of Capt. Charles Woodson, commander of Woodson’s partisan rangers, which included men from Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, and the Shenandoah Valley. On the right is a photo of Main Street (Warm Springs Turnpike.). A Confederate soldier, marching through Bridgewater for the first time, wrote home that it was a beautiful place, “full of flowers and trees.”
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,057 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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