Dayton in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Dark Days in the Burnt District
On October 3, Union Lt. John R. Meigs, the son of U.S. Army Quartermaster Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs and a promising young officer on Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's staff, was killed in a brief fight with Confederate scouts north of Dayton. Believing that civilian bushwhackers had "murdered" Meigs, Sheridan ordered all of the houses in a three-mile radius of Dayton burned to the ground in retaliation.
When soldiers of the 5th New York Cavalry came to burn the large two-story brick house in the distance, a 70-year-old woman confronted them in her doorway, saying, “You cannot burn this house. I
Erected by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 24.808′ N, 78° 56.44′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on John Wayland Highway (Route 42), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton VA 22821, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lt. Col. Thomas F. Wildes (approx. ¼ mile away); Shenandoah College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Church in Rockingham County (approx. half a mile away); Daniel Bowman Mill at Silver Lake (approx. 0.6 miles away); Death of Lt. Meigs (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Death of Lt. Meigs (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site Where Lt. John Rodgers Meigs Was Killed (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
More about this marker. In the lower left are portraits of Gen. George A. Custer, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, and Lt. John R. Meigs, as a cadet at West Point. On the right is a portrait of Abigail Lincoln Coffman.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,211 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 25, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.