Near Franklin in Pendleton County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Jackson's Prayer Service
Pendleton County Civil War Landmark
Following the Battle of McDowell on May 8th 1862, Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson pursued retreating Union forces under the command of Generals Schenck and Milroy to Franklin. As was his custom, Jackson called for a day of prayer and thanksgiving for the victory at McDowell. Near this site, at 10 o'clock on Monday May 12, the divine services began. "The services were never concluded. While in the midst of them, a courier was seen riding down the valley. He had evidently ridden hard and far, as his horse was covered with sweat and froth. He galloped up to General Jackson and handed him a dispatch (orders to return to the Shenandoah Valley). The general read it and passed a hastily scribbled note to the chaplain who was in the midst of his sermon. The chaplain read it, and then, raising his hands, said abruptly: "Receive the benediction."
George W. Sponaugle
Company E, 25th Virginia Infantry
Erected by Brig. Gen. James Boggs Camp 1706 SCV.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 8, 1862.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Franklin WV 26807, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Devonian Shale (approx. Ό mile away); Destruction of Saltpeter Works (approx. 1.7 miles away); Trout Rock Fort (approx. 1.7 miles away); Civil War Soldiers Monument (approx. 1.8 miles away); McCoy House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Pendleton County World War I Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Franklin (approx. 1.8 miles away); Murder of Ambrose Meadows (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Old marker at this location: "Confederate Prayer Service".
Also see . . . Visit Pendleton County, WV. Pendleton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (Submitted on September 2, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2021, by Mary Neutzling of Canton, Ohio. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2021, by Mary Neutzling of Canton, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.