Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Strasburg
In the summer of 1861, Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s forces captured large quantities of Baltimore and Ohio Railroad rolling stock near Harper’s Ferry, 40 miles north. To reach the Manassas Gap Railroad line in Strasburg, the equipment had to be pulled by horses and mules up the Valley Turnpike from Martinsburg. Fourteen locomotives and almost a hundred cars were brought here and then used throughout the Confederacy.
Signal Knob, the northern end of Massanutten Mountain, can be seen in the distance from here. During the war, it served as an observation and signaling station from which the Confederates observed Union positions and directed the opening attack of the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864.
(sidebar) Pot Town. Pottery making was an important industry in Strasburg throughout the 1800s, when local clay was used to make food-storage crocks and decorative pieces. After the war, five small potteries were located
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Manassas Gap Railroad, and the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 59.249′ N, 78° 21.355′ W. Marker is in Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on East King Street (Virginia Route 55) 0.1 miles east of Acton Place, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Train Raid of 1861 (here, next to this marker); The Great Train Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); This Fertile Land (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Banks’ Fort (approx. 0.3 Stonewall’s Surprise (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Signal Knob (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
More about this marker. Marker is back from the road and barely visible. Civil War Trails sign does point to it.
Also see . . . Shenandoah at War. (Submitted on September 5, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 2,365 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 10, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 5, 2007, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.