Dayton in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Dark Days in the Burnt District
On October 3, Union Lt. John R. Meigs, the son of U.S. Army Quartermaster Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs and a promising young officer on Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's staff, was killed in a brief fight with Confederate scouts north of Dayton. Believing that civilian bushwhackers had "murdered" Meigs, Sheridan ordered all of the houses in a three-mile radius of Dayton burned to the ground in retaliation.
Erected by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & 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 Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1741.
Location. 38° 24.808′ N, 78° 56.44′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on John Wayland Highway (Route 42), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton VA 22821, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lt. Col. Thomas F. Wildes (approx. ¼ mile away); Shenandoah College and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Harrison (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Church in Rockingham County (approx. half a mile away); Daniel Bowman Mill at Silver Lake (approx. 0.6 miles away); Death of Lt. Meigs (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Death of Lt. Meigs (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site Where Lt. John Rodgers Meigs Was Killed (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
More about this marker. In the lower left are portraits of Gen. George A. Custer, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, and Lt. John R. Meigs, as a cadet at West Point. On the right is a portrait of Abigail Lincoln Coffman.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 25, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,553 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 25, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on January 21, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.