Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
White House Bridge
— 1862 Valley Campaign —
Jackson’s Valley Army reached Front Royal May 23. There, aided by spy Belle Boyd, it overwhelmed Banks’ 1,000-man detachment and continued toward Winchester to attack the main Union army, now in full retreat from Strasburg. Jackson’s success was complete. He had defeated and driven Banks from the Valley and alarmed the Lincoln administration. In response to Jackson’s bold moves, a two-pronged
Jackson marched south to escape. Two Federal columns followed in close pursuit—Gen. John C. Fremont on the Valley Pike and Gen. James Shields in the Page Valley. If Shields could march quickly enough to overtake Jackson's force in the main Valley, he and Fremont could unite and attack with a superior force. To prevent this combination, Jackson ordered his cavalry commander, Turner Ashby, to destroy both the White House and Columbia bridges. Ashby dispatched Capt. Samuel Coyner’s Page County Company which rode through “one of the most dreadful thunderstorms” in time to burn the White House Bridge at 4 a.m. on June 2—only one hour before Shields’ advance guard reached the swollen river. Shields, delayed for three days by the rising river, was forced to abandon his plan to join Fremont at New Market. Jackson defeated Fremont’s and Shields’ commands separately at Cross Keys and Port Republic June 8-9.
White House Bridge takes its name from the small building immediately north of the present-day bridge. This early structure was the first home of pioneer Martin Kauffman. For a time it served as a meeting house where, as a minister, Kauffman served a Mennonite congregation.
Erected by Virginia
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 May 1790.
Location. 38° 38.858′ N, 78° 31.873′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on Lee Highway (U.S. 211/340) west of the business U.S. Route 340 South turnoff, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 US-340, Luray VA 22835, 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. Historic White House 1760 (here, next to this marker); White House (here, next to this marker); The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes) (a few steps from this marker); Massanutton (approx. 0.6 miles away); Calendine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mauck Meeting House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Luray Caverns (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Beautiful Caverns of Luray (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a campaign map of the Shenandoah Valley with an inset photo of the White House.
Regarding White House Bridge. There is an occurrence in 1st sentence of "Bank's", a possessive form which should have been "Banks'".
This marker is one of several detailing Civil War activities in Page County, Virginia. Please see the Page County Civil War Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. Page County Civil War Markers. (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Avenue of Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County ,Virginia. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2007. This page has been viewed 9,236 times since then and 183 times this year. Last updated on May 31, 2021. Photos: 1. submitted on January 3, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 4. submitted on October 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 6, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 8. submitted on January 3, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 9. submitted on December 20, 2008, by Bronwyn Pettit of Luray, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.