Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Torch the Bridges!”
—Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
As the Federals crossed the bridges, the 1st Maryland Infantry (CSA) pressed the Union rear and the Louisianans attacked the flanks. Kenly's troops burned their tents and supplies, as well as Kenly's headquarters at the Vannort house to the west. Kenly ordered the bridges burned to thwart the Confederate pursuit. He also deployed the 5th New York Cavalry and his cannons on Guard Hill, across the forks, to protect his retreat route.
The Federal attempt to burn the bridges failed when the Louisianans, led by Gen. Richard Taylor, charged into the flames to beat them out.
The North Fork Bridge was damaged enough, however, that it and the cannon and musket fire from Guard Hill slowed the Confederate crossing. The Federal advantage evaporated when Lt. Col. Thomas S. Flournoy's 6th Virginia Cavalry swam the rain-swollen river and formed for the pursuit.
(Lower Left Sidebar): Medal of Honor at Front Royal
Although Col. John R. Kenly ordered the bridges over the North and South
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 56.515′ N, 78° 11.654′ W. Marker is in Front Royal, Virginia, in Warren County. Marker is on North Royal Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the north end of Royal Avenue. The road dead ends at the South Fork of the Shenandoah River at the old bridge site. The marker is about 300 feet past the railroad overpass near the end of Royal Avenue. Marker is in this post office area: Front Royal VA 22630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Richardson’s Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Execution (approx. 0.4 miles away); Guard Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rose Hill (approx. 0.8 miles away); Guard Hill Engagement (approx. 0.8 miles away); Execution of Mosby’s Men (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle of Front Royal (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Front Royal (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Front Royal.
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker is a map detailing the Battle of Front Royal with Civil War Trails sites linked to the battle time line. In the upper center, a map illustrates the tactical maneuvers described on the marker. A portrait of Gen. Richard Taylor is between the two maps. The left side bar has a portrait of Sgt. William Taylor.
Regarding The Bridges. This marker is one of several from a driving tour of the Front Royal Battlefield. The markers are listed in sequence on the Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. Battle . The Bridges is stop 8 in the Battle of Front Royal Driving Tour.
2. Copy of the Marker.
3. Battle of Front Royal. National Parks Service summary of the battle. The action discussed on the marker is related to phase 5 of the battle summary.
4. North Fork Bridge Repair Work. This areal photograph is part of a Virginia Department of Transportation survey for expanding the existing highway bridge. Clearly visible are the road bed leading to the old bridge, islands formed from the pilings of the old bridge, and the dam upstream.
5. Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers.
1. Road Improvements
At present, the repairs and construction work on US 340/522 near the North Fork Bridge site creates a bottleneck for traffic even on off days. While the markers in the vicinity are easy to find, finding a spot to stop and observe them is sometimes difficult.
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