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Edinburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Stony Creek Line

“We Shelled the Yanks and the Yanks Shelled Us”

 

—1862 Valley Campaign —

 
The Stony Creek Line Marker image. Click for full size.
February 2, 2007
1. The Stony Creek Line Marker
Inscription. On March 28, 1862, just 2 days after his appointment to serve as cartographer on the staff of Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, Jedediah Hotchkiss reported the Valley Army’s position at Narrow Passage Creek (four miles north of here) to be “unfavorable for defense.” Acting on that advice, Jackson moved his infantry to Rude’s Hill, two miles south of Mt. Jackson and directed Col. Turner Ashby to hold “the line of Stony Creek.”

On April 1, a section of Capt. Roger P. Chew’s horse artillery battery went into position on Cemetery Hill south and west of the creek and began a furious cannonade with the advancing Federals commanded by Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks. George Neese, a gunner in Chew’s Battery wrote, “We shelled the Yanks and the Yanks shelled us. The firing was rapid for a while, and right across the center of town.” Ashby burned the bridge spanning the creek and extended his defensive position south of the creek from the Shenandoah River to the west. His cavalry, supported by a brigade of infantry with attached artillery, kept the Federals at bay for more than two weeks.

Observers noted many incidences of Ashby’s bravery during this period. One day as Ashby, Hotchkiss, and a courier rode along the Stony Creek Line, a Federal sharpshooter fired and killed the courier’s
The Stony Creek Line Marker image. Click for full size.
December 11, 2009
2. The Stony Creek Line Marker
The left of two Civil War Trails Markers at Edinburg Mill.
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horse. The courier “jumped to his feet to run. Ashby called him back to get his saddle and coolly waited for him under a continuing fire from sharpshooters.”
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 49.25′ N, 78° 34.092′ W. Marker is in Edinburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Valley Turnpike (U.S. 11) and Massie Farm Lane, on the right when traveling south on Old Valley Turnpike. Click for map. Marker is located in the parking lot of the Historic Edinburg Mill. Marker is in this post office area: Edinburg VA 22824, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Edinburg Mill (here, next to this marker); Civil War Action in Edinburg (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Stover - McGinnis House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Last Indian-Settler Conflict (approx. 2.8 miles away); Woodstock (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Woodstock (approx. 5.4 miles away); John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (approx. 5.4 miles away); This Building of (approx. 5.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Edinburg.
 
More about this marker.
The Stony Creek Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 14, 2014
3. The Stony Creek Line Marker
The right side of the marker displays a map of the Shenandoah Valley depicting the location of Virginia Civil War Trails Sites. The marker also displays portraits of Col. Turner Ashby and Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks.
 
Also see . . .  Turner Ashby. From Wikipedia (Submitted on December 11, 2009.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Stony Creek image. Click for full size.
December 11, 2009
4. Stony Creek
Looking upstream from the Valley Pike bridge.
Colonel Turner Ashby image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 14, 2014
5. Colonel Turner Ashby
Close-up of photo on marker
Major General Nathaniel P. Banks image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 14, 2014
6. Major General Nathaniel P. Banks
Close-up of photo on marker
Virginia Civil War Sites image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 14, 2014
7. Virginia Civil War Sites
Close-up of map on marker
You are Here image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 14, 2014
8. You are Here
Detail of map on marker
 
 
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