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Stephenson in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Action at Stephenson’s Depot

 
 
Action at Stephenson's Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
1. Action at Stephenson's Depot Marker
Inscription.  Near this place on June 15, 1863, Confederate troops of General Edward “Allegheny” Johnson’s Division attacked and routed General Robert Milroy’s Union Army during its retreat from Winchester. The short, pre-dawn battle resulted in the capture of Milroy’s wagon train and more than 2300 Union prisoners. From here, the Confederate Army advanced into Pennsylvania where it suffered defeat two weeks later at Gettysburg.
 
Erected 1987 by Department of Conservation and Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1719.
 
Location. 39° 14.298′ N, 78° 6.484′ W. Marker is in Stephenson, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Martinsburg Pike (U.S. 11) and Stephenson Road, on the right when traveling north on Martinsburg Pike. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stephenson VA 22656, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this
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marker, measured as the crow flies. 1st Maryland Battery (CSA) Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephenson Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Roots Of Methodism In Frederick County Milburn Chapel (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Roots Of Methodism In Frederick County Milburn Chapel (approx. one mile away); Hopewell Friends Meeting House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rutherford's Farm (approx. 1.7 miles away); John Rutherford's Farm (approx. 1.7 miles away); Battle of Rutherford's Farm (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stephenson.
 
Regarding Action at Stephenson’s Depot. The details of the action are described futher on a Civil War Trails marker to the south. At the site of this marker, the famous “Stonewall Brigade” took a blocking position between the railroad and the Martinsburg Pike.
 
A 1 Stands Near a Memorial Stone to the Battle image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
2. A 1 Stands Near a Memorial Stone to the Battle
"I Regard this as the Thermopylae of My Campaign" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
3. "I Regard this as the Thermopylae of My Campaign"
General Robert E. Lee thus described the actions at Stephenson's Depot. The monument honors the 1st Maryland Battery, which stood a position just to the south along the railroad. Sustaining heavy causalities, the battery blocked Milroy's line of retreat until Confederate forces had sufficiently massed. In the action, the battery lost 13 men. The lower inscription in the bronze portion of the monument lists the casualties by name.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,491 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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