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Falling Waters in Berkeley County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Stumpy’s Hollow

July 2, 1861

 
 
Stumpy’s Hollow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2011
1. Stumpy’s Hollow Marker
The Battle of Falling Waters was the first action of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.
Inscription.
Site of JEB Stuart’s capture
of Union Soldiers

Falling Waters
Battlefield Association

 
Erected by Falling Waters Battlefield Association.
 
Location. 39° 32.937′ N, 77° 55.096′ W. Marker is in Falling Waters, West Virginia, in Berkeley County. Marker is at the intersection of Hammonds Mill Road (West Virginia Route 901) and St. Andrews Drive (County Route 3/1), on the right when traveling west on Hammonds Mill Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Falling Waters WV 25419, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Falling Waters (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Falling Waters (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Falling Waters (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Falling Waters (approx. 0.8 miles away); General “Stonewall” Jackson (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Falling Waters (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battles of Falling Waters (approx. 1.8 miles away); Hammond House (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Falling Waters.
 
Also see . . .
Marker and Split-rail Fence at Stumpy’s Hollow image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2011
2. Marker and Split-rail Fence at Stumpy’s Hollow
The Falling Waters Battlefield Association recently constructed this split-rail fence at Stumpy’s Hollow to increase public awareness of the battle and the site.
 Battle of Falling Waters - July 2, 1861. Falling Waters Battlefield Association website. (Submitted on August 7, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Battle of Falling Waters
On July 2, 1861, 3,500 Union troops under Gen. Robert Patterson entered [West] Virginia north of here. His objective was to engage a Division under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to prevent them from reinforcing the Confederates massing near Manassas. A company of the 15th Pennsylvania Volunteers rested at a split rail fence at this location while their captain reconnoitered. A mounted Lt. Colonel in a blue uniform approached and ordered the men to dismantle part of the fence so that he could pass. After the Pennsylvanians finished, the officer identified himself as Confederate JEB Stuart (still wearing his Union uniform) and demanded their surrender. With Confederate reinforcements arriving, the entire company complied. This was the start of the Battle of Falling Waters.
    — Submitted August 7, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
2nd Stumpy’s Hollow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 31, 2011
3. 2nd Stumpy’s Hollow Marker
This identical marker is located a short distance to the west. The other marker can be seen behind this one.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,229 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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