Near Elkton in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Shield's Advance & Retreat
Jackson Divides and Conquers
— 1862 Valley Campaign —
In the days that followed, Jackson defeated the two armies in piece meal fashion, first Frémont at Cross Keys on June 8, then Shields at Port Republic on June 9. Both Federal armies were forced to retreat along
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1862.
Location. 38° 27.929′ N, 78° 37.04′ W. Marker is near Elkton, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is at the intersection of Moose Bottom Road and U.S. 340, on the left when traveling east on Moose Bottom Road. Located just north of the Page and Rockingham County Lines, in a small park next to the Shenandoah Moose Lodge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6386 East Side Hwy, Shenandoah VA 22849, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. History of Verbena (here, next to this marker); Shenandoah Iron Works (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Stevens Cottage 1890 (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Settler (approx. 3.1 miles away); Newtown (East Elkton) School (approx. 3.6 miles away); Miller-Argabright-Cover-Kite HouseJennings House (approx. 4 miles away); Somerville Heights (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkton.
More about this marker. To the right of the text is a map of the campaign, showing the Union advance along with important locations with related Civil War Trails markers. Inset with the map is a portrait of General James Shields and a photo of "Captain" Joseph Price's mill (circa 1900).
Regarding Shield's Advance & Retreat. This marker is one of several detailing Civil War activities in Page County, Virginia. Please see the Page County Civil War Markers link below.
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1. General James Shields. Prior to the war, Shields had served with distinction in the Mexican War. He is also remembered for having challenged Abraham Lincoln to a duel. The two later became friendly. Shields answered Lincoln's call for support at the beginning of the war, volunteering his services to the Union army. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Reports of Maj. Gen. James Shields. Concering his advance, Shields wrote:
my advance guard reached the Shenandoah at Honeyville, but found the White House Bridge and Columbia Bridge both burned, thus cutting off all hope of attacking his flank at New Market. I then pushed forward the advance as rapidly as possible, in hopes of finding the bridge at Conrad's Store still standing, but that bridge was also (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Page County Civil War Markers. (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Avenue of Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County, Virginia. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,142 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on January 13, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.