Near Hartwood in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Hartwood Presbyterian Church
The Writing on the Wall
“After the most careful
“Myself and another … decided to take shelter at Hartwood Church, a small brick structure. On entering, we were struck with a number of texts and embellishments executed in charcoal on the walls. The seats have been torn out, the windows and doors smashed, and the walls covered with obscene characters and writings. A body of Union Cavalry did this dastardly desecration in the house of worship - a sufficient commentary on the characters of these dirty caricatures of patriots. No matter if it is a Rebel house of worship, its character should be a protection against vandalism. Such treatment of churches is a disgrace to the much-boasted civilization of the nineteenth century.” - Pvt. John W. Haley, 17th Maine Infantry, June 11, 1863, diary, Dyer Library, Saco Museums, Saco, Maine
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 11, 1766.
Location. 38° 24.106′ N, 77° 34.021′ W. Marker is near Hartwood, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Hartwood Church Road 0.2 miles west of Warrenton Road (U.S. 17), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Hartwood Church Rd, Hartwood VA 22471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Hartwood Presbyterian Church (here, next to this marker); Gold Mining in Stafford County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mt. Olive Baptist Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Mud March (approx. 3.8 miles away); Fredericksburg Campaign (approx. 3.8 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps Company 2363 (approx. 3.8 miles away); Hulls Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Milton Snellings (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hartwood.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photo of “Gen. William W. Averell” Courtesy Library of Congress. On the upper right is a photo of “Pvt. John W. Haley” Courtesy Haley Family
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,998 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 6, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.