Dayton in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Death of Lt. Meigs
—1864 Valley Campaigns —
John Rodgers Meigs was a member of a distinguished family, the eldest son of Montgomery C. Meigs, quartermaster general of the U.S Army. Young Meigs graduated first in the West Point class of 1863 and became a highly regarded staff engineer before joining Sheridan. After his death, be received posthumous promotion to the rank of major, and his body was transported to Mrs. Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House, then under Gen. Meigs’s jurisdiction. The general buried his son in Plot 1, Grave 1, in Mrs. Lee’s rose garden.
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This site is one of many in the Shenandoah Valley interpreted largely because of the efforts of John L. Heatwole, a renowned Valley historian, woodcarver, sculptor, and folklorist. His two books (Shenandoah Voices: Folklore, Legends and Traditions of the Valley and The Burning: Sheridan’s Devastation of the Shenandoah Valley), his contributions to the Virginia Civil War Trails program, and his work on the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Commission have brought the stories of this region to life for Valley residents and visitors alike.
Erected 2007 by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton VA 22821, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Death of Lt. Meigs (here, next to this marker); Site Where Lt. John Rodgers Meigs Was Killed (a few steps from this marker); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shenandoah College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (approx. one mile away); Lt. Col. Thomas F. Wildes (approx. one mile away); Daniel Bowman Mill at Silver Lake (approx. one mile away); First Church in Rockingham County (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dayton (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
More about this marker. In the upper center is a portrait of Benjamin F. “Frank” Shaver who remained vigilant for years after the war because Gen. Meigs had put a price on the “bushwhacker’s” head. – Courtesy of John L. Heatwole In the Upper center is a sketch with caption, titled Death of Meigs, by James E Taylor - Courtesy Western Reserve Historical Society.
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Also see . . .
1. John Rodgers Meigs. Meigs is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The site also provides an account of the encounter. (Submitted on January 9, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Civil War Trails. Harrisonburg and area (Submitted on February 12, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,855 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 8, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 9, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.