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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Tazewell in Tazewell County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Molly Tynes’s Ride

Marker Photo Wanted image. Click for full size.
1. Marker Photo Wanted
Inscription. To the north stood Rocky Dell, the home of Samuel Tynes. In July 1863, during the Civil War, Union Col. John T. Toland led the cavalry expedition from West Virginia to destroy the Virginia & Tennessee R.R. at Wythesville. The Federals camped nearby on 17 July, and when Tynes discovered their objective he sent his twenty-six-year-old daughter Mary (Molly) Elizabeth Tynes to alert the town’s defenders. She road all night, a distance of some forty miles. Confederate reinforcements arrived in time to stiffen resistance, and the Federals inflicted little damage; Toland himself was killed in the fight.
Erected by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number XH-1.)
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 37° 7.509′ N, 81° 27.966′ W. Marker was near Tazewell, Virginia, in Tazewell County. Marker was on Gratton Road (Virginia Route 61) 1.3 miles east of the Tazewell corporate limits, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker was in this post office area: Tazewell VA 24651, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Burke’s Garden (a few steps from this marker); First Court for Tazewell County
Molly Tynes’s Ride Marker's Stump image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 28, 2011
2. Molly Tynes’s Ride Marker's Stump
The pole can be seen on the right. The marker in the distance is the nearby Burke’s Garden marker.
(approx. 1.5 miles away); William Wynne’s Fort (approx. 1.6 miles away); Tazewell (approx. 3.4 miles away); Indian-Settler Conflicts (approx. 5 miles away); Pisgah United Methodist Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Big Crab Orchard Or Witten’s Fort (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named Burke’s Garden (approx. 6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tazewell.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a 40 year old marker with the same number and title that read, “To the north was “Rocky Dell,” the home of Samuel Tynes. From here on July 17, 1863, his daughter Molly rode across the mountains to Wythesville to warn the town of an attack by Federal forces under Colonel J. T. Toland.
Also see . . .  Molly Tynes. 2006 article by Janice Busic. “Longfellow never wrote a poem about Molly as he did about Paul Revere. There were no newspapers headlines on the following day to record Molly’s brave ride. Nonetheless, very few children who grew up in or near Tazewell County did not hear the story of Molly Tynes and her courageous ride. Most people knew someone, or had a family member who remembered when Molly made her ride. Oral history does record what written words may not. Grandparents often began the story with, ‘I remember when ...’ or ‘My Momma told me about the time ...’ One example is the young boy who was standing in the door of the modest family home when an apparition riding a horse flew by the cabin door, yelling like a banshee. The boy who heard the words, ‘The Yankees are coming, tell everyone the Yankees are coming!’ grew up to be the respected physician, Dr. Caleb Thompson. Dr. Thompson enjoyed telling about his childhood experience.” (Submitted on July 17, 2011.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 863 times since then and 113 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on .   2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photos of her gravesite at Jeffersonville Cemetery in Tazewell • Can you help?
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