“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Dunnsville in Essex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Fort Lowry-Camp Byron

Fort Lowry-Camp Byron Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, October 13, 2007
1. Fort Lowry-Camp Byron Marker
Inscription.  Located two miles N.E. on Rappahannock River at Lowry’s Point was a Confederate eight gun “water battery” constructed in 1861. Here at Dunnsville was located Camp Byron, home of Company F (Essex Light Dragoons), Ninth Cavalry, C.S.A.; the company moved to Fort Lowry in October 1861 to assist in the fort’s defense and to conduct scouting missions.
Erected 1981. (Marker Number N-24.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 37° 51.517′ N, 76° 49.399′ W. Marker is in Dunnsville, Virginia, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Tidewater Trail (U.S. 17) and Johnville Road (Virginia Route 611), on the right when traveling east on Tidewater Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dunnsville VA 22454, 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. Site of Rappahannock Industrial Academy (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Lowry (approx. 2.9 miles away); Essex County Confederate Monument (approx. 5.2 miles away); Ritchie's Birthplace
Tidewater Trail facing east image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 6, 2009
2. Tidewater Trail facing east
(approx. 5.2 miles away); Enduring Records (approx. 5.3 miles away); British Raid on Tappahannock / The War of 1812 (approx. 5.3 miles away); Historic Tappahannock (approx. 5.3 miles away); William Moore Tidewater Musician (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dunnsville.
Also see . . .  On the Road in Essex County - N-29 - Fort Lowry—Camp Byron. 2019 article by Zorine Shirley in the River Country News. Excerpt:
In 1861, in the midst of the Civil War, Dr. Richard S. Cauthorn of Essex County owned a 76 acre homestead he called “Byron Park.” The doctor gave up his practice, took up the cause of the Confederates, and on his farm established Camp Byron with a group of volunteers.
(Submitted on September 17, 2020.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,486 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 21, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   2. submitted on December 7, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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