Lynnwood in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
You are standing on the “Coaling.” By the Civil War this area was nearly devoid of trees, the timber having been used for the production of charcoal. This was the key Federal artillery position during the Battle of Port Republic.
Federal commander Brigadier General Erastus Tyler stretched his 3,000 infantry and 3 batteries of artillery in a line from a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains on your left, along the “Coaling” then ¾ mile to your right, to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. It would prove a strong position.
On the early morning of June 9, 1862, Confederate Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, victorious the day before at Cross Keys, attacked the Federal line. His leading unit, the famous “Stonewall Brigade,” was easily repulsed two times by a “galling fire of musketry and canister.”
Following this reverse, the Federals on your right counter-attacked, pushing the Confederates back nearly ½ mile.
Erected by APCWS - Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is June 9, 1795.
Location. 38° 18.086′ N, 78° 46.027′ W. Marker is in Lynnwood, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is at the intersection of Ore Bank Road (County Route 708) and Mapleton Lane (County Route 967) on Ore Bank Road. It is just off U.S. 340 (East Side Highway). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Republic VA 24471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Republic Battlefield (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Port Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Port Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Port Republic Battlefield (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Point (approx. 2.3 miles away); North River Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Palmer Lot at Middle Ford (approx. 2.6 miles away); Port Republic Foundry (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynnwood.
More about this marker. In addition to the map, marker reproduces two photographs with these captions, “This photograph, taken around the turn of the century, shows the ‘Coaling’ before it became overgrown with trees and brush. ‘Mapleton,’ the house in the background, was built in 1886 by Samuel Hance Lewis II and stands behind you.” And “The Lewiston House, shown in this photograph taken soon after the war, stood across the road to your right, on the same site where the white house you see now sits. During the battle, the initial Federal line ran through the Lewiston property all the way to the river, and fighting swirled around the house much of the morning.”
Photographer’s note: Without a guide, the location of Trail Stops 2 and 3 are not immediately apparent.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,764 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on August 13, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on September 14, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 5. submitted on September 22, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 6. submitted on October 12, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 7. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.