Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Point of Honor
Spies in Lynchburg
Owen’s wife, Narcissa, was the daughter of a Cherokee chief. She headed the local Soldiers Aid Society that made uniforms, knapsacks, and other items for Confederate soldiers. Before the Battle of Lynchburg, two men calling themselves Confederates appeared at Point of Honor asking for food. Narcissa Owen told them that there were 20,000 Confederates in the city to boost their morale, and that they would “give the Yanks fits” in the morning. The men, however, were really Union Gen. David Hunter’s spies, and her exaggeration may have helped convince Hunter to retreat on June 18. In Kansas after the war, Owen first learned from her housekeeper that the men were Union spies—one of them the housekeeper’s father.
On May 26, 1864, Union Gen. David Hunter
Built by Dr. George Cabell, Sr., in 1815, this refined, Federal-style dwelling is stylistically linked to houses in Richmond. The source of the name is not known, but local legend suggests that duels were fought here. Cabell owned vast properties in Virginia, including this 737-acre plantation and a nearby tobacco warehouse where batteaux were loaded and goods shipped to Richmond on the James River. Point of Honor was restored and opened to the public in 1977 as part of the Lynchburg Museum System. All photographs are courtesy of Lynchburg Museum System
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 25.243′ N, 79° 8.591′ Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 Cabell Street, Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Allen Weir Freeman, M.D. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Douglas Southall Freeman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lynchburg History (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. ¼ mile away); Williams Viaduct (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Point of Honor (approx. 0.3 miles away); Court Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Amherst County / Campbell County (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lynchburg.
More about this marker. On the lower left is an "Early photo of Point of Honor". On the right are portraits of "Robert Owen" & "Narcissa Owen". On the lower right is a map of Hunter's Raid.
Also see . . .
1. Southside Virginia Civil War - Lynchburg. Virginia Civil War Trails (Submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Point of Honor, Lynchburg, Virginia. (Submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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