Sperryville in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
From Slavery to Freedom
During the war, Terry acquired several military relics, including an 1851 Navy Colt revolver and binoculars she took from the body of a soldier while she assisted with a burial. The Union Army of Virginia occupied Rappahannock County in the summer of 1862, including Sperryville and Woodville, and camped in the fields just behind
After the war, she bought a small house near the first Hopewell Baptist Church, which she helped found. Many visitors sat on her porch to listen to her stories. She is buried in the “black cemetery” on Oven Top Road a mile west of here.
(Sidebar): The stories that Caroline Terry told on her porch included her sale to Francis Millan, her reputation as a good cook, and a visit of Union soldiers to her “plantation” home during the war. She also revealed one of the bleak realities of slavery: that her unusually comfortable cabin was called the “honeymoon house” for a reason. Three of her six children were what the slaves termed “gifts of the big house,” probably fathered by Millan and one of his sons. One pregnancy occurred in 1863, when she said she took a revolver and binoculars from a dead soldier’s body and hid them under her maternity dress.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 39.486′ N, 78° 13.564′ W. Marker is in Sperryville, Virginia, in Rappahannock County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lee Highway (U.S. 211) and Sperryville Pike (U.S. 522). Click for map. Marker is located next to a pedestrian footbridge near Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12018 Lee Highway, Sperryville VA 22740, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Medical Miracle (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Kiger's Second Lot (about 700 feet away); John B. Kiger (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pope’s Army of Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sperryville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cavalry Engagement (approx. Music, Omens, and Destiny (approx. 2.8 miles away); Banks’s Grand Review (approx. 3.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sperryville.
More about this marker. The upper center of the marker features two portraits captioned Caroline Terry as a young woman and Caroline Terry in old age. On the upper right of the marker is a map of Sperryville with historic sites and a portrait of Francis Millan. The sidebar inset contains photos of Caroline Terry's Colt Revolver and binoculars.
Also see . . . The Journey Through Hallowed Ground. Sperryville Historic District - African American Presence (Submitted on January 16, 2010.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
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