Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
White House Bridge
— 1862 Valley Campaign —
Jackson’s Valley Army reached Front Royal May 23. There, aided by spy Belle Boyd, it overwhelmed Banks’ 1,000-man detachment and continued toward Winchester to attack the main Union army, now in full retreat from Strasburg. Jackson’s success was complete. He had defeated and driven Banks from the Valley and alarmed the Lincoln administration. In response to Jackson’s
Jackson marched south to escape. Two Federal columns followed in close pursuit—Gen. John C. Fremont on the Valley Pike and Gen. James Shields in the Page Valley. If Shields could march quickly enough to overtake Jackson's force in the main Valley. he and Fremont could unite and attack with a superior force. To prevent this combination, Jackson ordered his cavalry commander, Turner Ashby, to destroy both the White House and Columbia bridges. Ashby dispatched Capt. Samuel Coyner’s Page County Company which rode through “one of the most dreadful thunderstorms” in time to burn the White House Bridge at 4 a.m. on June 2—only one hour before Shields’ advance guard reached the swollen river. Shields, delayed for three days by the rising river, was forced to abandon his plan to join Fremont at New Market. Jackson defeated Fremont’s and Shields’ commands separately at Cross Keys and Port Republic June 8-9.
White House Bridge takes its name from the small building immediately north of the present-day bridge. This early structure was the first home of pioneer Martin Kauffman. For a time it served as a meeting house where, as a minister, Kauffman served a Mennonite congregation.
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.
Location. 38° 38.858′ N, 78° 31.873′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on U.S. 211 west of the U.S. Route 380 South turnoff, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luray VA 22835, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White House (a few steps from this marker); The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes) (within shouting distance of this marker); Massanutton (approx. 0.6 miles away); Calendine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mauck Meeting House (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luray.
More about this marker. In the center of the marker is a campaign map of the Shenandoah Valley with an inset photo of the White House.
Regarding White House Bridge. This marker is one of several detailing Civil War activities in Page County, Virginia. Please see the Page County Civil War Markers link below.
Also see . . .
1. Page County Civil War Markers. (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Avenue of Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County ,Virginia. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 3, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 8,254 times since then and 351 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 3, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on January 13, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 4. submitted on February 6, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 5. submitted on October 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6, 7. submitted on February 6, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 8. submitted on January 3, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 9. submitted on December 20, 2008, by Bronwyn Pettit of Luray, Virginia.