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Culpeper in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Culpeper Court House

Battle of Culpeper Court House

 
 
Culpeper Court House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
1. Culpeper Court House Marker
Inscription. Following the Gettysburg Campaign, Federal officials sought to verify rumors that a substantial part of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Confederate army had been detached. On September 13, 1863, Federal cavalry moved down the tracks from your left, under orders to reconnoiter the main Confederate position, about 10 miles south (your right). Southern horsemen under Col. Lunsford Lomax resolved to make a stand on the terrain before you to defend a train being loaded with supplies here at the depot.

Confederate cavalryman G.W. Beare wrote that the train “attracted the aim of [Federal] guns, and their shells passed high over our heads and burst over the train as it steamed away.” Federal cavalry dashed into the town from your left. Although the train made it to safety, three Confederate cannon posted near the depot were captured. As the battle progressed to the south, flamboyant Federal Gen. George A. Custer was wounded in the foot by a shell fragment. Captured Confederates confirmed that part of the army under Gen. James Longstreet had indeed departed; these southerners soon reinforced another Confederate army and contributed to the victory at Chickamauga, Georgia.
 
Erected by Virginia
Detail of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 19, 2008
2. Detail of Map on Marker
Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, and the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 28.35′ N, 77° 59.583′ W. Marker is in Culpeper, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is at the intersection of South Commerce Street, on the left when traveling south on South Commerce Street. Click for map. Marker is at the foot of Davis Street, at the Amtrak station. Marker is at or near this postal address: East Davis Street, Culpeper VA 22701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Culpeper Court House (here, next to this marker); A Tribute to Black Americans – Early 1900’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Eppa Rixey Boyhood Home (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 28th Regiment New York State Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pennsylvania (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seventh Ohio Regiment (approx. 0.2 miles away); A.P. Hill's Boyhood Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Massachusetts Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Culpeper.
 
More about this marker. There is
Culpeper Court House Markers image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
3. Culpeper Court House Markers
The railroad station is to the right out of frame.
a map of the area on the right side of the marker and a photograph in the center attributed to the Library of Congress with this caption The Orange & Alexandria Railroad, seen here with one of its trains leaving the Court House, made Culpeper a prized target for both Federal and Confederate military strategists.
 
Also see . . .  A Civil War Walking Tour of Culpeper Virginia. A guide to Culpeper's Civil War sites. (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Copy of Photo Reproduced on the Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Library of Congress
4. Copy of Photo Reproduced on the Marker
“The Orange & Alexandria Railroad, seen here with one of its trains leaving the Court House, made Culpeper a prized target for both Federal and Confederate military strategists.”
Culpeper Train Station image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 15, 2008
5. Culpeper Train Station
The present station is is the same location as the station shown in Photo No. 4.
St. Stephens Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2008
6. St. Stephens Episcopal Church
The church is the oldest in Culpeper. At times during the war Generals Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart attended services here. The church was used as a hospital by both sides during the war.
Culpeper County Civil War Veterans Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2008
7. Culpeper County Civil War Veterans Memorial
Located just north of the present day county court house, on Davis Street.
Culpeper National Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2008
8. Culpeper National Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,805 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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