Port Republic in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Palmer Lot at Middle Ford
Ford was site of Jackson’s temporary bridge
The ell-shaped limestone foundation near Water Street remains from the mid-nineteenth century house, store and post office of Palmer’s son, John. An 1837 invoice describes his merchandise as “French, English, German and American Fancy Goods.”
On the site was a slab bridge over the millrace which led to the middle ford of the South River. On June 8, 1862, Union soldiers under Col. Samuel Sprigg Carroll invaded the village by fording South River and cross the bridge. After the Federal invasion had been repelled, Confederates hurriedly constructed a temporary bridge during the night of June 8-9. Captain Claiborne R. Mason’s African-American engineer troops performed the difficult job by dragging wagon beds into the flood-swollen river by means of a complicated pulley system, putting rocks atop the
Across the street are the Town Hall and the James Patterson log house built in the early 1800s. Patterson’s home was later owned by Marshall Jones, the first freed African-American in Port. Also visible are some of the oldest remaining structures in the village.
Erected 1999 by Society of Port Republic Preservationists, Inc. in cooperation with Shenandoah Battlefield National Historic District Commission. Installation by the Port Republic Ruritan Club.
Location. 38° 17.64′ N, 78° 48.828′ W. Marker is in Port Republic, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Water Street 0.1 miles west of Port Republic Road (County Route 659), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. At Bradburn Memorial Park which extends from Water Street to the South River. Marker is in this post office area: Port Republic VA 24471, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies The Frank Kemper House (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Point (approx. ¼ mile away); Port Republic Foundry (approx. 0.3 miles away); North River Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Madison Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Port Republic Battlefield (was approx. 1.6 miles away but has been reported missing. ); George Caleb Bingham (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Republic.
More about this marker. Picture on right side of marker shows old picture of “The Palmer House across the millrace.”
Also see . . .
1. Port Republic Preservationists and Museum. (Submitted on December 3, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.)
2. Battle of Port Republic. Battle summary and location info on Civil War Preservation Trust website. (Submitted on December 3, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,687 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. 4, 5. submitted on December 6, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.