“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Washington in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

A Tale of Two Mills

Trading and Burial Grounds

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June 15, 2010
1. A Tale of Two Mills Marker
Inscription.  During the Civil War, two mills stood on the Rush River in this vicinity on the property of John Jett, who resided at Ellerslie half a mile south of here. They included the Avon Mill before you and the Jett Mill (no longer standing), located half a mile downstream. According to local tradition, this mill became a neutral trading site for Union and Confederate soldiers, who periodically declared “soldier’ truces” and met between the lines to trade for coffee, tobacco, newspapers, and other items. At that time, the road on which this huge mill stands was part of the Warrenton and Rappahannock Turnpike, the major east-west route.

In July-August 1862, when the Union Army of Virginia occupied Rappahannock County, hundreds of soldiers in the camps around Little Washington suffered from typhoid fever, and many died. The 60th New York Infantry, whose camp was near here, experienced a large number of deaths. Because of the intense summer heat, the dead soldiers were buried in a brigade cemetery near the Jett Mill instead of being transported to Washington’s cemetery. They were reburied in national cemeteries after the war.

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this point, and on the east bank of the stream, is a stone building, called Jett’s (Calvert’s) Mill. Ascending the hill on the west side of the stream, and on a line with the mill, we come to two parallel rows of graves; the heads of which, in both rows are to the north. The north row contained, when we left, nineteen graves, and the south row, four graves.”
– Richard Eddy, Chaplain, 60th New York Infantry, August 1862
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
Location. 38° 42.815′ N, 78° 9.051′ W. Marker is near Washington, Virginia, in Rappahannock County. Marker is on Old Mill Road (County Route 683), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located between U.S. Business 211/522 and Rappahannock County Library on the rise above the Rush River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington VA 22747, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington, Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Army of Virginia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Banks's Camp (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles C. Nordendorf (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Army of Virginia 2nd (Banks's) Corps Encampment
A Tale of Two Mills Marker image. Click for full size.
June 15, 2010
2. A Tale of Two Mills Marker
On the east bank of the Rush River.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Rappahannock County in the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rappahannock People Before and During the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Rappahannock Old Guard (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Washington.
More about this marker. In the middle of the marker is a photo captioned Ellerslie, which served as a headquarters during the Union occupation in 1862, burned in 1933. Its boxwoods were moved to the National Cathedral grounds in Washington, D.C. Courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society. On the lower right of the marker are two photos captioned Avon Mill, ca. 1900 Courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society and Jett Mill in early 1900s from Union burial site Courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society. On the upper right of the marker is a sketch captioned “Pickets Trading Between The Lines,” by Edwin Forbes Courtesy Library of Congress.
Also see . . .
1. The Old Mill (Calvert's/Washington/Jett). National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form (.pdf) (Submitted on June 15, 2010.) 

2. Wesset's Mill / Calvert's Mill / Washington Mill / Jett Mill / Baggerly Mill. (Submitted on June 15, 2010.) 
Rush River image. Click for full size.
June 15, 2010
3. Rush River
The Old Mill image. Click for full size.
June 15, 2010
4. The Old Mill
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,877 times since then and 193 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2010. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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