Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Key Observation Post
On August 14, 1864, Union troops attacked a detachment of the 61st Georgia Infantry and temporarily occupied the station. Each side suffered ten casualties. Years later, Mary Ashley Townsend found a grave on Massanutten Mountain and wrote a poem, “The Georgia Volunteer”:
Adown thy rocky glen;
Above thee lies the grace of one
Of Stonewall Jackson’s men.
Beneath the cedar and the pine
In solitude austere,
A Georgia volunteer.
Sidebar: Many local men served in Co. A (Strasburg Guard), 10th Virginia Infantry, during the war. Its captain, Joshua Stover (later a major), died at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. After the war, Confederate veterans gathered the remains of soldiers into the Presbyterian Cemetery and in 1896 dedicated an obelisk, which stands to your left. “In memory of our Fallen Comrades, Numbering 136.” The Presbyterian Church, built in 1830, served as a hospital throughout the war after Dr. William J. Upshaw established one there in 1862. Later, Federals used the church as a hospital before relocating to Winchester.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 38° 59.199′ N, 78° 21.773′ W. Marker is in Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on South Holiday Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located near the Presbyterian Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this Historic Strasburg (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Fertile Land (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stonewall’s Surprise (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Historic Strasburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Strasburg (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a drawing of “Jedediah Hotchkiss and Gen. John B. Gordon observ[ing] Federal positions from Signal Knob, Oct. 18, 1864, before the Battle of Cedar Creek.” The sidebar includes a photograph of Joshua Stover, 10th Va. Inf. The upper right of the marker contains a map of area, indicating the location of the marker near Strasburg.
Also see . . .
1. Signal Knob: The Valley's Witness to Tragedy. Shenandoah at War website. (Submitted on January 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Battle of Cedar Creek (19 October 1864). The Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley website. (Submitted on January 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Signal Knob Hiking Trail. Trail notes and topographical map of the Signal Knob area. (Submitted on January 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,786 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on January 11, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 20, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.