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College Hill in Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Samuel D. Rockenbach

1869–1952

 

— Brigadier General, U.S. Army Cavalry —

 
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By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
1. Samuel D. Rockenbach Marker
Inscription.  Nearby at 805 Madison Street is the birthplace of General Rocken­bach, “Father of the U.S. Army Tank Corps.” He began his education in Lynch­burg schools and was honor graduate of Virginia Military Institute in 1889. As first chief of the Army’s tank corps in 1917, he pioneered training schools and field or­gani­za­tion for tank warfare in World War 1.
 
Erected 1978 by YMI Alumni Chapter and Lynchburg Historical Society. (Marker Number Q-6-18.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World I.
 
Location. 37° 24.873′ N, 79° 8.696′ W. Marker is in College Hill in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street and 8th Street, on the right when traveling south on Court Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 Court Street, Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Daniel’s Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynchburg Confederate Soldiers Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lynchburg History
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By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2011
2. Samuel D. Rockenbach Marker
(about 400 feet away); Mr. Elder’s Rose Garden (about 400 feet away); Lynchburg (about 400 feet away); Carter Glass (about 400 feet away); Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the Spanish American War (about 400 feet away); John Lynch (about 500 feet away).
 
More about this marker. Madison Street, mentioned on the marker, parallels Court Street two blocks west.
 
Also see . . .  Samuel D. Rockenbach Papers. Online exhibit with photographs and partial glimpses of documents “Prior to World War I he saw tours of duty in Cuba, the Philippines, various U.S. posts, and served as a military observer in Germany in 1914. He arrived in France in June 1917 with the American Expeditionary Force and from 1917-1919 served as Chief of the newly formed Tank Corps, A.E.F.” (Submitted on August 27, 2011.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 26, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 26, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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