Near Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“1st Maryland to the Front!”
— Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Jackson noticed Col. Isaac King, a church leader, sitting on a fence here. King informed Jackson that Lt. Samuel J. Simpson, a Warren County native, was in his army and knew the area like a book. Simpson soon arrived and told Jackson that a road just south of the church (today’s Rocky Lane) led northeast to Gooney Manor Road (now Browntown Road) and Front Royal, with good ground for deployment.
After winning a battle at McDowell May 8, 1862, Jackson crossed the Massanutten Mountain and marched north towards Front Royal hoping to outflank a Union army in Strasburg.
(Sidebar): Asbury Chapel (now Asbury United Methodist Church) was built in 1848 and named for Bishop Francis Asbury; who evangelized throughout the Shenandoah Valley from 1783 to 1805. During the Civil War, the congregation met irregularly, and the church was used as a hospital, probably after the Battle of Front Royal.
In 1916, the building was dismantled, revealing bloodstained floorboards. Using original materials when possible and following a similar design, the congregation completed the present structure the next year. The reconstructed church was dedicated on the fourth Sunday in October 1917.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 23, 1863.
Location. 38° 52.839′ N, 78° 14.798′ W. Marker is near Front Royal, Virginia, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Royal Avenue (U.S. 340) and Rocky Lane (County Route 607), on the right when traveling south on Royal Avenue. This is the first marker of the Battle of Front Royal driving tour. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Front Royal VA 22630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belle Boyd and Jackson (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Massanutten (approx. 2½ miles away); No Park is an Island (approx. 2½ miles away); Belle Boyd (approx. 2.8 miles away); William E. Carson (approx. 3.1 miles away); Indian Old Fields (approx. 3.4 miles away); Prospect Hill Cemetery (approx. 3½ miles away); Warren County High School and Massive Resistance (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Front Royal.
More about this marker. On the right side, the marker displays a map of the Battle of Front Royal with emphasis on the Civil War Trails tour stops with portraits of Samuel Simpson and Issac King to the side. A campaign map in the lower center shows the major battles of the 1862 Valley Campaign. The sidebar contains a photograph of Asbury Chapel.
Regarding Asbury Chapel. This marker is one of several from a driving tour of the Front Royal Battlefield. The markers are listed in sequence on the Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers(Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Front Royal Tour - Stop One. Asbury Chapel is stop one on the Front Royal Driving Tour. (Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,053 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on April 14, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on November 18, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on October 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.