Near Broadway in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Elder John Kline Monument
Eld John Kline
June 15, 1864
(Reverse of Monument):
In Memory of Elder John Kline
A Peace Martyr
This parcel of ground,
10 feet square, is se-
cured by deed and
is on record.
Topics. This historical marker monument is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1460.
Location. 38° 36.855′ N, 78° 51.022′ W. Marker is near Broadway, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Pratt Lane, on the right when traveling west. From Brocks Gap Road (Rt. 259), turn on Hisers Lane. Follow Hisers Lane for approximately 2.2 miles to Pratt Dr. and turn right. Pratt Dr. is very uneven, graveled and is somewhat of a climb. Follow Pratt for .4 miles. A crude wooden sign ("John Kline Memorial... John Kline Memorial Parking") will be seen on the right directing you to the actual site of the monument, which is in a field to the right, approximately 70 yards from the gravel road. Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Mennonite Meeting House in Virginia (approx. 0.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Trissels Mennonite Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lincoln's Virginia Ancestors (approx. 3.9 miles away); Baxter House (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Timberville Covered Bridge (approx. 4˝ miles away); WW II Observation Post No. 27 (approx. 4˝ miles away); 19th c Millstone (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Broadway.
Also see . . . Confederate Treatment of a Mennonite Elder: Elder John Kline's Story. Excerpt:
His passion for non-resistence prompted Elder Kline to write to Governor Letcher of Virginia and legislators John Hopkins, John C. Woodson and Charles Lewis, explaining the faith and disciplines of the Brethren, as well as the Mennonites. He feared a draft would force these peace people of the Shenandoah Valley to violate or compromise their faith. So he appealed for an exemption from military service. His efforts succeeded in the Exemption Act passed March 29, 1862, for anyone who is “bona fide prevented from bearing arms, by the tenets of the church to which said applicant belongs,” including(Submitted on January 26, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
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