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Tate Springs in Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort McCausland

The Confederate Right Flank

— Battle of Lynchburg —

 
 
Fort McCausland  -  The Confederate Right Flank image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
1. Fort McCausland - The Confederate Right Flank
This marker is part of the Battle of Lynchburg Trail of the Virginia Civil War Trails.
Inscription.  To your right, Confederates built an earthen redoubt in 1864 to defend the strategic Virginia & Tennessee Railroad trestle over Ivy Creek. The six-gun battery of the Botetourt Artillery manned the redoubt and a position on the other side of Forest Road (Langhorne Road) crossing in front. To capture Lynchburg, Union Gen. David Hunter had divided his army and sent Gen. Alfred N.A. Duffie’s cavalry to seize the city by turning the Confederate right flank.

Gen. John McCausland cavalry moved to this location on the evening of June 17, after fighting a delaying action against the Union forces near the Quaker Meeting House. Firing from the redoubt and shallow trenches on this side of the creek, McCausland repulsed several Federal assaults from the west. The fighting here continued all day, June 18, until Duffie ordered a withdrawal and joined Hunter that night in retreat.
 
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 date for this entry is June 17, 1847.
 
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37° 24.802′ N, 79° 11.052′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. It is in Tate Springs. Marker is on Langhorne Road (U.S. 501), on the left when traveling west. Marker is on located in front of Agudath Sholom Synagogue, on Langhorne Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2055 Langhorne Road, Lynchburg VA 24501, 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. A different marker also named Fort McCausland (a few steps from this marker); Lynchburg College (approx. 0.8 miles away); Locust Thicket (approx. one mile away); Civil War in Lynchburg (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lucille Chaffin Kent (approx. 1.1 miles away); Memorial Avenue (approx. 1.1 miles away); Edward Christian Glass (1852-1931) (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mustered and Disbanded 1861-1865 (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a map illustrating the portion of the battle described in the text.

On the right a portrait of "Gen. John McCausland, an 1857 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, later taught mathematics there. He campaigned with Gen. Jubal A. Early in the Shenandoah Valley after the Battle of Lynchburg." From the Lynchburg Museum Collection.

To the right of that portrait is one of "Gen. Alfred N.A.
Fort McCausland Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 15, 2017
2. Fort McCausland Marker
Duffie, a Frenchman, commanded the Federal 1st Cavalry Division. After the war, he served as U.S. Consul at Cadiz." From the Library of Congress
 
Regarding Fort McCausland. This is one in a series of Civil War Trails markers interpreting the Battle of Lynchburg (17-18 June 1864) and the city's role in the Civil War. Select the Civil War Virtual Tour by Marker link below to see other related markers.
 
Also see . . .  Civil War Lynchburg Virtual Tour by Markers. An eight stop Civil War Trails tour, with several Virginia state markers and other memorials added. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Fort McCausland marker - Battle of Lynchburg image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2007
3. Fort McCausland marker - Battle of Lynchburg
The remains of Fort McCausland can be seen in the trees to the right of the markers.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,928 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 2, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   2. submitted on March 20, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   3. submitted on December 2, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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