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

The Stover - McGinnis House

“Make Me a Map of the Valley”


—1862 Valley Campaign —

The Stover - McGinnis House Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. The Stover - McGinnis House Marker
Inscription. March 26, 1862: “In the morning our battalion was ordered back to Narrow Passage, … near the rest of the army. Hd. Qrs. were established at Miss Stover’s, in the stone house, near Narrow Passage Creek. Soon after we reached camp, Gen. Jackson sent me a message that he wished to see me. I promptly reported, when he said, after some general conversation about my topographical work in Northwestern Virginia last year, “I want you to make me a map of the Valley, from Harper’s Ferry to Lexington, showing all the points of offence and defence in those places. Mr. Pendleton will give you orders for whatever outfit you want. Good morning, Sir.”

The meeting described took place here. Jedediah Hotchkiss recorded this entry in his diary three days after the defeat of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s Valley Army at Kernstown, Virginia. Hotchkiss immediately began his assigned task and soon advised Jackson to move the army farther south to Rude’s Hill. Hotchkiss’ maps and advice proved to be invaluable to Jackson during his famous Valley Campaign of 1862. Following Jackson’s death, Hotchkiss continued his cartographic duties, serving under Gens. Richard S. Ewell and Jubal A. Early. Fully one-half of the Confederate maps published in the Official Atlas of the Civil War are attributed to him. Following the
The Stover - McGinnis House Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. The Stover - McGinnis House Marker
war, Hotchkiss became a most valuable source for scholars endeavoring to write absolutely accurate accounts of the conflict. He also became a respected lecturer to large audiences on the East Coast on a variety of war topics.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 50.771′ N, 78° 31.88′ W. Marker is near Edinburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Chapman Landing Road (Virginia Route 672), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located at the driveway entrance to The Inn at Narrow Passage on Chapman Landing Road just off of Route 11 (the Old Valley Turnpike). Marker is in this post office area: Edinburg VA 22824, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Last Indian-Settler Conflict (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodstock (approx. 2.1 miles away); Civil War Action in Edinburg (approx. 2.5 miles away); Edinburg Mill (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Stony Creek Line
The Inn at Narrow Passage image. Click for full size.
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3. The Inn at Narrow Passage
The oldest section was built in 1740 - one of Stonewall Jackson's headquarters during the Valley Campaign of 1862.
(approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Woodstock (approx. 2.8 miles away); John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (approx. 2.9 miles away); This Building of (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Edinburg.
More about this marker. On the upper middle of the marker is a portrait captioned Jed Hotchkiss. The right side of the marker features a map of the Shenandoah Valley depicting Civil War Trails Sites. A photo inset on the map is captioned View from a bridge across Narrow Passage Creek looking south on the Valley Pike.
Also see . . .  Jedediah Hotchkiss. Biography by the Civil War Preservation Trust (Submitted on September 26, 2009.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Narrow Passage Creek image. Click for full size.
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4. Narrow Passage Creek
Confluence with North Fork of the Shenandoah River in distance.
Credits. This page originally submitted on . This page has been viewed 1,240 times since then and 114 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on . • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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