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Near Charlottesville in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Union Occupation of Charlottesville

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
1. Union Occupation of Charlottesville Marker
Inscription.  On 3 Mar. 1865, Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s Union Army of the Shenandoah entered Charlottesville to destroy railroad facilities as the 3rd Cavalry Division led by Bvt. Maj. Gen. George A. Custer arrived from Waynesboro. Mayor Christopher H. Fowler, other local officials, and University of Virginia professors Socrates Maupin and John B. Minor and rector Thomas L. Preston met Custer, just east of here. Fowler surrendered the town, and the professors asked that the university be protected, “for it would always be a national asset.” Custer agreed and posted guards during the three-day occupation. The University suffered little damage, unlike the Virginia Military Institute, which had been burned in June 1864.
 
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-22.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1864.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located
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By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
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near 38° 2.697′ N, 78° 30.996′ W. Marker was near Charlottesville, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker was on Ivy Road (Business U.S. 250) near Colonnade Drive. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22903, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Revolutionary Soldiers Graves (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Union Occupation of Charlottesville (a few steps from this marker); Technical Sergeant Frank D. Peregory (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Monroe’s First Farm (approx. 0.9 miles away); Henry Martin (approx. 0.9 miles away); Edgar Allan Poe (approx. 0.9 miles away); University of Virginia (approx. 0.9 miles away); Thomas Jefferson Monument (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottesville.
 
More about this marker. The marker was a few hundred feet outside of the Charlottesville city limits.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced with the linked marker.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Did the University of Virginia Surrender to Custer?
This marker does not address this controversy. University professors were in the delegation that met with Custer and the University was protected by Union guards during the brief occupation.
    — Submitted December 5, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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By Brandon D Cross, June 6, 2016
3. Union Occupation of Charlottesville Marker

 
Additional keywords. University of Virginia
 
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By Brandon D Cross, June 6, 2016
4. Union Occupation of Charlottesville Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,851 times since then. Last updated on June 11, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3, 4. submitted on June 11, 2016, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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