Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Front Royal Street Fighting
—Battle of Front Royal, May 23, 1862 —
Federal troops delivered “hot musketry fire” from the large windows of one of the two-story hospital buildings, threatening the Southern advance. Gen. Richard S. Ewell asked Johnson, “Colonel, can you take that building?” Johnson replied, “Yes, sir, in five- minutes.” His Marylanders, led by Capt. William H. Murray, charged and “the building was taken in half the time promised.” The tide of battle then flowed from the courthouse area north on Crescent Street toward Chester Street. House-to-house fighting ensued as the Federals retreated to Richardson’s Hill.
The Confederates were surprised to find themselves dodging
(sidebar) In June, 1861, the Confederate government established three military hospitals in Front Royal. Federal troops use the two-story barrack-style building for cover during the battle on May 23, 1862.
The present Warren County courthouse was built in 1835-36 on the site of the antebellum one, which was also occupied by the 1st Maryland Infantry, USA during the battle.
Warren County was named for Gen. Joseph Warren, from Massachusetts, who was killed during the battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. The county was formed in 1836 from parts of Frederick and Shenandoah Counties.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 55.071′ N, 78° 11.574′ W. Marker is in Front Royal, Virginia, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Royal Street (U.S. 240) on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Front Royal VA 22630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Capture of Front Royal (here, next to this marker); Warren County Korea & Vietnam Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Warren County World War I & II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Warren County 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Warren County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Front Royal.
Regarding The Courthouse. This marker is one of several from a driving tour of the Front Royal Battlefield. The markers
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Front Royal. This site is stop four on the driving tour of the Battle of Front Royal. (Submitted on October 6, 2006.)
2. Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers. (Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,888 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 6, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 23, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.