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Sperryville in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Pope’s Army of Virginia

Pope’s Army of Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2008
1. Pope’s Army of Virginia Marker
Inscription.  On 26 June 1862, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Maj. Gen. John Pope to command the Union army that operated in Virginia. The Corps led by Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel, who had recently replaced Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont, posted around Sperryville, was consolidated with those of Maj. Gens. Nathaniel P. Banks and Irvin McDowell under Pope and named the Army of Virginia. Pope led the army through the Union defeat at the Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) on 30 Aug. 1862. He was relieved his command on 2 Sept., and the Army of Virginia was absorbed into Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number J-29.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 26, 1862.
Location. 38° 39.348′ N, 78° 13.47′ W. Marker is in Sperryville, Virginia, in Rappahannock
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County. Marker is on Sperryville Pike (U.S. 522) south of Lee Highway (U.S. 211), on the right when traveling south. Marker is at Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sperryville VA 22740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sigels' Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Hint of Total War (approx. 0.2 miles away); 48 Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sperryville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sister Caroline (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hopkins Ordinary (approx. 0.2 miles away); Medical Miracle (approx. ¼ mile away); 33 Main Street (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sperryville.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker with the same title and number that was erected in the late 1920s and read “Here was organized, from the troops of Freemont, Banks, and McDowell, the Union Army of Virginia, June 26, 1862.”
Also see . . .  Army of Virginia. Page on the website. (Submitted on June 18, 2008.) 
Pope’s Army of Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2008
2. Pope’s Army of Virginia Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2024. It was originally submitted on June 18, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,490 times since then and 84 times this year. Last updated on January 24, 2024, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 18, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 12, 2024