Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Manassas Gap
On July 21, Union Gen. Wesley Merritt's cavalry, probing westward, approached Linden Station two miles behind you on the Manassas Gap Railroad. The 17th Virginia Infantry, including Company B (Warren Rifles), countered them here near the Wapping house that stands a quarter mile in front of you, the only time a Warren County infantry unit fought on its home soil.
At dawn two days later, Confederate Col. Edward J. Walker, 3rd Georgia Infantry, led a brigade here to guard the army's left flank as it passed through Front Royal. At 10 A.M., Union Gen. Wil1iam H. French arrived with almost 20,000 men but did not attack
Lt. Walter Scott Roy, Co. B, 17th Virginia Infantry, was captured here on July 21, 1888, with 15 other members of the 17th. He told his captors he would escape. The next night he rolled away from the campfire, took a cavalry horse, and rejoined his unit the night of July 30 near Culpeper.
Lucy Buck, a Front Royal diarist, wrote of the 17th Virginia Infantry that it had “succeeded in repulsing a body much larger than their own of dismounted Cavalry—old U.S. regulars. Huzzah! Bless our glorious 17th! How they have longed ever since the war for a brush with the foe in the Valley and near their homes, and now that wish has been gratified, they've whipped them bravely and well.”
Erected 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 at or near this postal address: 2611 Dismal Hollow Rd, Front Royal VA 22630, 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. Camp Dismal Hollow (approx. 0.9 miles away); Warren County/Fauquier County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Discovery Shenandoah Valley (approx. 1.9 miles away); Chester Gap (approx. 3.9 miles away); Minding the Gaps (approx. 3.9 miles away); Warren/Rappahannock County (approx. 4 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 4 miles away); Bel Air (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Also see . . . Battle of Manassas Gap/Wapping Heights. NPS Video, Cedar Creek Belle Grove, Published on July 23, 2013. (Submitted on May 9, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 112 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on May 8, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on May 9, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 8, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.