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Near Wickliffe in Clarke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Cool Spring

 
 
Battle of Cool Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 1, 2007
1. Battle of Cool Spring Marker
Inscription.  
Battle of
Cool Spring
July 18, 1864
Early & Crook

 
Erected by J.E.B. Stuart Chapter of the Confederate Veterans.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series list.
 
Location. 39° 9.043′ N, 77° 53.421′ W. Marker is near Wickliffe, Virginia, in Clarke County. Memorial is on Castleman Road (County Route 603), on the right when traveling north. Located at a sharp left turn of Castleman's Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 756 Castleman Rd, Berryville VA 22611, 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. Wickliffe Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Confederate Counterattack and Union Retreat (approx. 1.4 miles away); Col. George D. Wells Leads the Way (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cool Spring (approx. 1˝ miles away); Judge Parker's “Retreat” & the Battle of Cool Spring
Battle of Cool Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 1, 2007
2. Battle of Cool Spring Marker
(approx. 1˝ miles away); Thoburn’s Rescue (approx. 1.6 miles away); Castleman’s Ferry Fight (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cool Spring (approx. 1.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This is one in a series of granite markers placed by the J.E.B. Stuart Chapter of the Confederate Veterans sometime in the 1890s to commemorate significant Civil War actions around Clarke County.
 
Regarding Battle of Cool Spring. The stone commemorates the Battle of Cool Springs, an action associated with General Early's raid on Washington, D.C.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Cool Spring. Detailed National Park Service summary of the battle breaking down the action into six phases. (Submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Shenandoah River image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 1, 2007
3. Shenandoah River
Looking downstream from Castleman's Road toward Parker's Ford. Federals attempted a full scale river crossing downstream from this point, near the present day Holy Cross Abbey.
Confederate Advance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, December 1, 2007
4. Confederate Advance
Looking across the grounds of Holy Cross Abbey, near the site of the marker. Wharton's and Rodes' Confederate Divisions advanced through the fields here and met Thoburn's Federal Division at the ford site on the Shenandoah River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,937 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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