“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bridgewater in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Historic North River Crossing

Bridgewater Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert H. Moore, II, February 20, 2009
1. Bridgewater Marker
Inscription.  After his victory at the Battle of McDowell on May 8, 1862, Gen. Stonewall Jackson made plans to attack another Federal force in the Shenandoah Valley. Earlier he had ordered Col. John D. Imboden to burn the bridges at Mount Crawford and Bridgewater to keep another union army from capturing Staunton while he fought in Highland County. When his army arrived here on Sunday, May 18, Capt. Claiborne Mason’s black pioneers were erecting a makeshift bridge using farm wagons parked in the river.

Jackson and part of his staff attended a religious service in the field across the river to your right front. The Rev. Maj. Robert Dabney, Jackson’s chief-of-staff, preached to Col. Zephaniah T. Conner’s brigade of Virginia and Georgia infantry from the text: “Come unto me, all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

As the army began crossing the river, Jackson, his staff, Conner, and Capt. (later Gen.) Robert D. Lilley had a midday meal at the brick home of George Gibbon, .3 mile southwest on the left side of the turnpike.

On October 7, 1864, Gen. Fitzhugh Lee’s cavalry division (commanded by Gen. Thomas
Bridgewater 's riverside Civil War Trails Markers (2) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Robert H. Moore, II, February 20, 2009
2. Bridgewater 's riverside Civil War Trails Markers (2)
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L. Rosser) crossed here while pursuing Gen. George A. Custer’s Union cavalry division.
Erected by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1741.
Location. 38° 22.792′ N, 78° 58.78′ W. Marker is in Bridgewater, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on West Riverside Drive (State Highway 42). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridgewater VA 22812, 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. A different marker also named Bridgewater (a few steps from this marker); The Alexander Mack Memorial Library (approx. half a mile away); Famous Travelers Along the Turnpike (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rockingham County / Augusta County (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bridgewater College (approx. 2˝ miles away); Origins of Shenandoah University (approx. 2.8 miles away); Sheridan's Last Raid (approx. 3 miles away); Mossy Creek (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridgewater.
More about this marker. In the upper left is a portrait of General Stonewall Jackson. In the center is a portrait of Colonel John D. Imboden. In 1863, the trustees of Warm Springs Turnpike asked Imboden if they could be reimbursed for the destroyed bridge. They never received compensation from either the Confederate or United States government. To the right is a map of the area.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 25, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,528 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 25, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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Aug. 12, 2022