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Ivy in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Jackson’s Valley Campaign
 
Jackson’s Valley Campaign Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
1. Jackson’s Valley Campaign Marker
 
Inscription. Late in April 1862, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson marched his army out of the Shenandoah Valley through the Blue Ridge Mountains to deceive Union Maj. Gen. John C. Fremont into thinking he was headed for Richmond. On 3 May, Jackson bivouacked at nearby Mechum’s Station on the Virginia Central Railroad. The next day, part of the army entrained for the Valley while the rest followed on foot. At the Battle of McDowell on 8 May. Jackson defeated the advance of Fremont’s army under Brig. Gen. Robert H. Milroy and Brig. Gen. Robert C. Schenck. Thus began Jackson’s 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign.
 
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resource[s]. (Marker Number W-162.)
 
Location. 38° 3.73′ N, 78° 38.877′ W. Marker is in Ivy, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is on Ivy Road (U.S. 250) east of Three Notched Road (Virginia Route 240). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ivy VA 22945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of Meriwether Lewis (approx. 2.8 miles away); Crozet (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Rothwell Family ... / Elisha Wm. Robertson ... (approx. 3.4 miles away); Miller School (approx. 4.6 miles away); Staunton and James River Turnpike (approx. 6.1 miles away); Mirador (approx. 7 miles away); Convention Army The Barracks (approx. 7 miles away); Albemarle Barracks Burial Site (approx. 7.1 miles away).
 
Jackson’s Valley Campaign Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
2. Jackson’s Valley Campaign Marker
 

 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker with this same title and number that read, “Near here, Stonewall Jackson’s troops entrained, May 4, 1862, to go west to Staunton in the move that led to the battle of McDowell.”
 
Also see . . .  The Virginia Central Railroad. “During the Civil War the Virginia Central was one of the Confederacy’s most important lines, carrying food from the Shenandoah region to Richmond, and ferrying troops and supplies back and forth as the campaigns surrounded its tracks frequently. On more than one occasion it was used in actual tactical operations, transporting troops directly to the battlefield. The Blue Ridge Tunnels and the Virginia Central were key tools in the fast mobilization of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s famous ‘foot cavalry.’ But, it was a prime target for Federal armies, and by the end of the war had only about five miles of track still in operation, and $40 in gold in its treasury. After the War, Collis P. Huntington reorganized the Virginia Central and its affiliates into his new Chesapeake and Ohio Railway ... ” Today this line is owned CSX Transportation and leased to the Buckingham Branch Railroad. (Submitted on July 21, 2007.) 
 
Railroad Bridge over Highway and Mechum’s River Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
3. Railroad Bridge over Highway and Mechum’s River
Present railroad bridge at Mechum’s River. Depot was to the right beyond bridge.
 
 
Present Day View of Mechum’s Station Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Crumlish, September 5, 2009
4. Present Day View of Mechum’s Station
Looking southeast from Brown's Gap Turnpike to the site of Mechum’s Station. The present day C&O railroad runs from left to right through the middle treeline beyond the field and road.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,593 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 22, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on September 5, 2009, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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