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Near Aldridge in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Cameron's Depot Engagement

"What news now?"

 

— 1864 Valley Campaign —

 
Cameron's Depot Engagement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 29, 2012
1. Cameron's Depot Engagement Marker
On the lower right is a photo showing Locust Hill after the war, showing bullet holes and relic shells. The marker also shows portraits of Gens. Sheridan and Early, Lucy Washington Packett, and Lt. Henry J. Nichols.
Inscription.  
(Preface):
The Federal offensive in the Shenandoah Valley begun in May 1864 faltered in the summer with Confederate victories and Gen. Jubal A. Early's Washington Raid in July. Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan took command in August, defeated Early at Winchester in September and Cedar Creek in October, burned mills and bars, and crushed the remnants of Early's force at Waynesboro on March 2, 1865. Sheridan's victories contributed to President Abraham Lincoln's reelection in November 1864 and denied Gen. Robert E. Lee's army much-needed provisions from the "Breadbasket of the Confederacy."

Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan and Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early jockeyed for position in the Shenandoah Valley for several weeks in July 1864. With Gen. Robert E. Lee reinforcing Early, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered Sheridan to remain on the defensive and protect his army. Sheridan moved his army north from Berryville to prepared works at Halltown, a movement that convinced Early, erroneously, that Sheridan was “timid”.

On Sunday, August 21, 1864, as Sheridan marched to Halltown, Early attacked Sheridan’s mile-and-a
Cameron's Depot Engagement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 29, 2012
2. Cameron's Depot Engagement Marker
half long position on the hills here with Gen Robert E. Rodes’s infantry division. The fight lasted from about 9 A.M. until dusk, and the hottest action took place here. In Washington at 3 P.M., an anxious Lincoln telegraphed an officer in Harpers Ferry "What news now?"

The fight here resulted in 260 Union casualties and 160 for the Confederates. The victories that Lincoln needed for reelection came first in September at Atlanta, Georgia, and then in the Valley, thanks to the “timid” Sheridan.

This ruin is the northwestern corner of Locust Hill, the home of John B. and Lucy W. Packett. They and their slaves sheltered inside until Lt. Henry J. Nichols, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery, led them to safety at Henry B. Davenport’s House. Nine Confederate artillery shells struck Locust Hill and set it on fire twice as Federal sharpshooters occupied the second floor. The house burned in 1973, killing six people.
 
Erected by West 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 West Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 17.436′ N, 77° 54.516′ W. Marker was
Cameron's Depot Engagement Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 29, 2012
3. Cameron's Depot Engagement Marker
near Aldridge, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker could be reached from Sheriden Drive. The marker is behind the house on 120 Sheriden Drive. It is on the grounds of the Locust Hill Golf Course. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 120 Sheriden Drive, Charles Town WV 25414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Locust Hill (here, next to this marker); Richwood Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named "Locust Hill" (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ruins of St. George’s Chapel (approx. 0.9 miles away); Harewood (approx. one mile away); Cameron's Depot (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cedar Lawn (approx. 1.2 miles away); Brownfields to Greenfields (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aldridge.
 
More about this marker. Brick structure is no longer standing.
 
Cameron's Depot Engagement Marker Is Missing image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 17, 2020
4. Cameron's Depot Engagement Marker Is Missing
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 909 times since then and 94 times this year. Last updated on November 6, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   3. submitted on August 26, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on November 6, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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