Near Richmond in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Passing through the Lines
—1862 Peninsula Campaign —
The fortifications directly in front of you are part of the outer defensive line that protected the Confederate capital of Richmond. At 5 A.M. on June 12, 1862, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and 1,200 cavalrymen, including several who knew the local roads, left their camps on the Mordecai and Young farms just behind you and passed through the line here. The newly appointed Confederate commander, Gen. Robert E. Lee, had ordered Stuart's cavalry to probe the Federal army for weaknesses and to locate the positions of the Union flanks. Riding north on the Brook Turnpike (to your right), the column passed through the outer defenses at this point to begin what became Stuart's famed ride that circled Union Gen. George B. McClellan's army.
In the spring of 1862, before Lee's counterattack, Confederate
(Sidebar): Stuart's love of music was legendary. Musicians often accompanied Stuart both on the march and in camp. Reportedly, on June 12, 1862, infantrymen watching Stuart's riders leave these outer defenses asked how long they would be gone. Quoting a popular song of the time, "Kathleen Mavourneen," Stuart responded, "It may be for years, it may be forever." The rest of the column soon joined in. Songs written to glorify the exploits of Stuart's 1862 raids soon appeared, including "Jine the Cavalry" and "Riding a Raid." Richmond artist Ernest Crehen and publisher J.W. Randolph created the lithograph cover for the sheet music for the latter song.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 36.656′ N, 77° 27.502′ W. Marker is near Richmond, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be Click for map. Located in Brook Run shopping plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23227, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Fortifications (a few steps from this marker); The Fort Under Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Gabriel’s Insurrection (within shouting distance of this marker); Richmond Defences (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brook Road (about 400 feet away); Outer Fortifications (about 400 feet away); Campaign of 1781 (about 400 feet away); Emmanuel Church at Brook Hill Episcopal (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers related to J.E.B. Stuart's Ride around McClellan
Also see . . . Richmond Discoveries - Stuart's Ride. Information and map of the Stuart's Ride Civil War Trail (pdf file). (Submitted on December 16, 2012.)
1. Lee's use of slave labor
Very interesting. I have stumbled upon newspaper accounts, brief mentions, showing that the massive earth works around Richmond and Petersburg were
— Submitted August 17, 2012, by Mark Curran of Morton, Illinois.
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