Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Jackson Prepares for Battle
— Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Winded and gasping, Boyd told her friend to advise Jackson that the Federal forces in Front Royal were minimal: “Tell him to charge right down and he will catch them all.”
Jackson already had begun deploying his command. With a company of the 6th Virginia Cavalry – the Wise Troop – in the lead, Col. Bradley T. Johnson’s 1st Maryland
(Sidebar): Belle Boyd, 18-years-old at the time of the battle, moved to Front Royal in 1861 after being acquitted of murder charges in her home town of Martinsburg (now West Virginia). She was accused there of killing a Union soldier attempting to hoist a national flag above her house.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Women. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 38° 54.145′ N, 78° 12.213′ W. Marker is in Front Royal, Virginia, in Warren County. Marker is on Browntown Road (County Route 649), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Front Royal VA 22630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William E. Carson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Belle Boyd and Jackson (approx. 0.7 miles away); Prospect Hill CemeteryMosby's Men (approx. 0.9 miles away); Warren County High School and Massive Resistance (approx. one mile away); Warren County Confederate Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Warren County Courthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); Warren County 9/11 Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Front Royal.
More about this marker. On the right side, the marker displays a map of the Battle of Front Royal with emphasis on the Civil War Trails tour stops with portraits of Henry Kyd Douglas and Bradley T. Johnson to the side. A tactical battle map in the lower center shows the the maneuvers of the units as described in the text. The sidebar contains a photograph of Belle Boyd.
Regarding Belle Boyd. This marker is one of several from a driving tour of the Front Royal Battlefield. The markers are listed in sequence on the Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers. (Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Front Royal Tour - Stop Two. This marker is stop two of the Front Royal driving tour. (Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,414 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 18, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on October 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.