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Near Amissville in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Encounter with Lee

“Don't You Ever Forget It”

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November 12, 2011
1. Encounter with Lee Marker
Inscription.  Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee passed through Rappahannock County on four occasions during the Civil War. The first occurred on August 26, 1862, on the march to Manassas, and the second took place in October during the retreat after the Battle of Antietam, Maryland. Lee rode through the eastern and western areas of the county respectively on these occasions. During the Gettysburg Campaign in the summer of 1863, Lee traversed Rappahannock County twice, heading north on June 16-17 and riding south on July 22-23 during the retreat.

The Browning farm sat astride the Richmond Road south of here. Eleven-year-old Samuel Browning stood near the family farmhouse, a hundred yards east of the road, and watched as part of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia marched past on a hot June afternoon. To the thirsty soldiers, hundreds of whom fell out with heatstroke during the long march, water was precious. A group of gray-clad horsemen approached Samuel, and one inquired where they might find water. The boy directed them to the spring just below his home, and the group paused there to refresh themselves. As they remounted, one of the officers asked Samuel
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if he knew who had asked him about the water. When the boy answered that he did not, the man exclaimed, “That was Robert E. Lee and don’t you ever forget it!” Samuel Browning took the admonition to heart, and succeeding generations of local residents have maintained the oral tradition.
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 month for this entry is June 1876.
Location. 38° 38.961′ N, 78° 4.482′ W. Marker is near Amissville, Virginia, in Rappahannock County. Marker is at the intersection of Laurel Mills Road (County Route 618) and Richmond Road (County Route 729), on the left when traveling east on Laurel Mills Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Amissville VA 20106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle Mountain (here, next to this marker); Dangerfield Newby (here, next to this marker); Mt. Salem Baptist Meeting House (approx. 3.4 miles away); Hinson's Ford (approx. 4.3 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 4.3 miles away); Corbin's Crossroads (approx. 4˝ miles away); Eliza Brown and the Custers
Encounter with Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 8, 2021
2. Encounter with Lee Marker
(approx. 4˝ miles away); Gaines's Crossroads (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amissville.
More about this marker. On the upper left of the marker is a photo captioned Gen. Robert E. Lee - Courtesy Library of Congress. On the upper middle of the marker is a sketch captioned "Old Spring House, with Guard," by Edwin Forbes, Aug. 1, 1863 - Courtesy Library of Congress. On the upper right of the marker is a photo captioned Lee Spring - Courtesy John Tole.On the right side of the marker is a map captioned Lee-Longstreet routes through Rappahannock County, 1863.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2011. This page has been viewed 903 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 19, 2011.   2. submitted on May 10, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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