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Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Lynchburg

Early and Hunter

 
 
Lynchburg - Early and Hunter Civil War Trails marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. Lynchburg - Early and Hunter Civil War Trails marker
This, along with the Sandusky marker, are the first in the Battle of Lynchburg Trail of the Civil War Trails.
Inscription. In early May 1864, while Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee confronted the Union Army of the Potomac west of Fredericksburg, Union Gen. U.S. Grant sent Gen. Franz Sigel’s army to destroy Lee’s supplies in the Shenandoah Valley. After the Union defeat at New Market on May 15, Grant relieved Sigel and ordered his replacement, Gen. David Hunter, to seize Lynchburg, a strategic railway and supply center for the Confederate army.

Hunter routed Confederate forces at Piedmont June 5th, captured both Staunton and Lexington, then advanced on Lynchburg. Sensing Hunter’s intentions, Lee dispatched Gens. John C. Breckenridge and Jubal Early to Lynchburg’s defense. Breckenridge arrived June 15, placing his troops alongside home guard soldiers manning Lynchburg’s inner defense line. Confederate cavalry slowed Hunter’s march, giving Early’s II Corps time to reach the city.

The fighting began mid-day Friday, June 17, and lasted into the evening. Hunter failed to breach Confederate resistance. Hunter renewed the battle the next day but again was repulsed.

That night, Hunter’s army began withdrawing toward West Virginia, leaving Early free to execute another part of Lee’s plan: a raid on Washington, D.C. Lee hoped this threat would relieve his own front by drawing Grant back to the Union capital. Early’s attack July 11 on Washington’s
Battle map details image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
2. Battle map details
This map shows the battles fought by Gen. Jubal A. Early from Lynchburg to Washington D.C.
defenses thoroughly alarmed Washington, but Lee’s stratagem only delayed inevitable defeat. That fall, Confederate losses at Winchester, Fisher’s Hill and Cedar Creek finally disabled Early’s army.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Civil War, and the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 22.807′ N, 79° 11.778′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is on Sandusky Drive, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. The Lynchburg - Early and Hunter marker is located at historic Sandusky. Marker is at or near this postal address: 757 Sandusky Drive, Lynchburg VA 24502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sandusky (here, next to this marker); Quaker Meeting House (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Sandusky (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Quaker Meeting House (approx. half a mile away); 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grave of John Lynch (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Early (approx. 1.4 miles away); Jubal Early Memorial (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
More about this marker.
Sandusky image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
3. Sandusky
The Lynchburg - Early and Hunter marker is located at Historic Sandusky.
In the upper center is a drawing stating that "Fort Early was similar to this earthwork at Winchester." Portraits of Gens. Hunter and Early are on the lower right, below a map showing Early's 1864 summer campaign.
 
Regarding Lynchburg. This is one in a series of Civil War Trails markers interpreting the Battle of Lynchburg (17-18 June 1864) and the city's role in the Civil War. Select the Civil War Virtual Tour by Marker link below to see other related markers.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Civil War Lynchburg Virtual Tour by Markers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Lynchburg Virtual Tour by Markers. An eight stop Civil War Trails tour, with several Virginia state markers and other memorials added. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Lynchburg Civil War Traveler Tour. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Battle of Lynchburg Tour Map. (PDF) This map is used on several of the markers on the tour. It indicates the tour stops as well as additional points of interest around Lynchburg. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Civil War Trails Sign image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
4. Civil War Trails Sign
This same marker can also be found at Fort Early.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,606 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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