Overall in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Milford
Guarding Early's Flank
Two significant battles here occurred in the autumn of 1864. On September 22-24, after Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's victory at the Third Battle of Winchester, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early retreated to a defensible position at Fisher's Hill. To prevent Union forces from encircling his army and blocking his escape route south, Early sent Col. Thomas T. Munford's cavalry to the Page Valley. There they engaged Union Gen. James H. Wilson's cavalry in a series of delaying actions as they fell back to the south. Here at Milford, a natural choke point in the valley, Confederate forces burned the Overall Run Bridge and dug in on the south bank. You can still see the bridge abutments just to the east. Union guns were placed on the bluffs north of Overall Run. Outnumbered more than two to one, the Confederates withstood the Federal artillery barrage and repelled Wilson's flank attack to the east. The Confederate stand allowed
The Milford Battlefield Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 48.337′ N, 78° 20.95′ W. Marker is in Overall, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is at the intersection of Stonewall Jackson Highway (U.S. 340) and Overall Road, on the right when traveling north on Stonewall Jackson Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rileyville VA 22650, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Historic Page Valley (here, next to this marker); Overall Bridge (here, next to this marker); Warren County / Page County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Asbury Chapel Indian Old Fields (approx. 8 miles away); The Massanutten (approx. 8.4 miles away); When Pig Iron was King (approx. 8.4 miles away); Piedmont (approx. 9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Overall.
Also see . . . Milford Battlefield. (PDF) National Register documentation for the battlefield. (Submitted on October 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,280 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.