Near Dayton in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Daniel Bowman Mill at Silver Lake
Shenandoah Valley Mills
Sheridan ordered his men to burn only barns and mills that contained grain or forage. Those that were empty were to be left alone, and those belonging to widows, single women, or orphans were to be spared. Between September 26 and October 8, Union soldiers destroyed barns, mills, and crops in the fields. Thousands of head of livestock were either slaughtered or driven away. Tanneries, woolen factories, sawmills, furnaces , and foundries were leveled. In Rockingham County, one of the ten most prosperous agricultural counties in America before the war, 35 mills were destroyed during
Erected by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 25.294′ N, 78° 56.457′ W. Marker is near Dayton, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Silver Lake Road (County Route 701), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton VA 22821, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Church in Rockingham County (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shenandoah College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lt. Col. Thomas F. Wildes (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dayton (approx. 0.6 miles away); Death of Lt. Meigs (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Death of Lt. Meigs (approx. one mile away); Site Where Lt. John Rodgers Meigs Was Killed (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Dayton.
More about this marker. On the left is a portrait of Gen. Sheridan. In the center is a sketch of the Samuel Cline mill burning,
Categories. • Agriculture • War, US Civil •
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