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Port Republic in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Palmer Lot at Middle Ford

Ford was site of Jackson’s temporary bridge

 
 
Palmer Lot at Middle Ford Marker image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, October 26, 2008
1. Palmer Lot at Middle Ford Marker
Inscription. Parallel to South River is seen the bed of the lower millrace which brought water power to several village industries. The Galliday Tannery was located on the far left; the Dundore/Downs Tannery on the adjoining property on the right. The Robert Waller Palmer house, known as Green Isle, stood between the race and the river. Its foundation, now covered by periwinkle, exceeds the measurement of sixteen by sixteen feet, the minimum allowed size of houses built on the first lots sold in the newly chartered town of 1802.

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
Palmer Lot Marker in Bradburn Park image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, October 26, 2008
2. Palmer Lot Marker in Bradburn Park
In the background is a picnic shelter.
wagons, and then fastening lumber together to provide a precarious walkway. The next day Confederate soldiers, hurrying into the Battle of Port Republic raging just downstream, crossed gingerly. Eventually the temporary bridge broke down, leaving many obliged to wade through the deep water, holding their weapons and ammunition up to keep them dry.

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
Ruins of foundation covered by periwinkle image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, October 26, 2008
3. Ruins of foundation covered by periwinkle
. The Frank Kemper House (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 (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 AmericansWar, US Civil
 
South River image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, October 26, 2008
4. South River
The river is a short walk from the marker. At the time of the battle it was higher than seen here.
Old Millrace at Palmer Lot image. Click for full size.
By Linda Walcroft, October 26, 2008
5. Old Millrace at Palmer Lot
 
 
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 1,667 times since then and 53 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.
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