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Packet Boat Marshall

Bringing Stonewall Jackson Home

 
 
Packet Boat <i>Marshall</i> CWT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
1. Packet Boat Marshall CWT Marker
Inscription.  After Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson died on May 10, 1863 as a result of wounds suffered a week earlier at the Battle of Chancellorsville, his body was transported first to Richmond for public mourning and then to Lexington for burial. Much of the journey was by train, but the last leg was by water, aboard the James River and Kanawha Canal packet boat Marshall.

On Wednesday, May 13, the train bearing Jackson’s remains pulled into Lynchburg’s Orange and Alexandria Railroad station at 6:30 P.M. Businesses were closed, church bells tolled, and cannons fired as large crowds gathered to pay their respects. An evening service was held in First Presbyterian Church. The coffin was then placed aboard the Marshall, and mules connected to the vessel by towlines pulled it slowly upriver. The boat, which also bore Jackson’s widow, Anna Morrison Jackson, reached Lexington the next morning. On Friday, May 15, Stonewall Jackson was laid to rest.

The packet boat Marshall was damaged in Lexington in June 1864 during Union Gen. David Hunter’s raid. Repaired the next year, it continued in service until 1880,
Packet Boat <i>Marshall</i> marker & shed image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
2. Packet Boat Marshall marker & shed
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when the canal company went out of business and the old towpath became a railroad bed. The Marshall was docked near Early Street and served as the home of Corbin Spencer and his sister. In 1913, a flood buried the vessel in mud. The iron hull was excavated in 1936 and placed in Riverside Park. In 2006, the Lynchburg Historical Foundation restored the hull and placed it in this protective structure.

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The packet boat Marshall was commissioned in August 1861 to carry mail and passengers on the James River and Kanawha Canal. It was 90 feet long, 14 feet wide, and with a handmade 3/16-inch-thick iron hull. The cabin interior, paneled with Dominican mahogany, had staterooms for male and female passengers, and a dining salon in which hung canvas sleeping berths at night.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1925.
 
Location. 37° 26.365′ N, 79° 9.785′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Riverside Street and Rivermont Avenue. Located in Riverside Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hull of the Packet Boat Marshall (a few steps from this
Packet Boat <i>Marshall</i> restored hull image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 12, 2012
3. Packet Boat Marshall restored hull
marker); Miller-Claytor House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Safe Haven in Lynchburg: Project Y (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pearl S. Buck (approx. 0.6 miles away); Randolph-Macon Woman's College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Helen McGehee (approx. ¾ mile away); Sallie Blount Mahood (1864-1953) (approx. ¾ mile away); Defense Works (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a photo of "Gen. Thomas J. Jackson" Courtesy Library of Congress.

On the right are two photos with the captions, "The Marshall under tow in its heyday." and "The Marshall, beached, in its later years before 1913." Courtesy Blackwell Press & Lynchburg Historical Foundation, Inc.
 
Also see . . .  Southside Virginia Civil War - Lynchburg. Virginia Civil War Trails (Submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
 
Packet Boat <i>Marshall</i> Preservation Project image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, April 13, 2012
4. Packet Boat Marshall Preservation Project
It was 90 feet long, 14 feet wide, and with a handmade 3/16-inch-thick iron hull.
Restored Hull of the Packet Boat <i>Marshall</i> image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 15, 2017
5. Restored Hull of the Packet Boat Marshall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 937 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.   5. submitted on March 20, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.

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