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Appomattox in Appomattox County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Eldon

 
 
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By Laura Troy, July 23, 2008
1. Eldon Marker
Inscription. Three miles north is Eldon, birthplace and home of Henry D. "Hal" Flood (2 Sept.1865-8 Dec.1921). A member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1887-1891) and Senate (1891-1900), Flood also served in the U.S. Congress from 1901 to 1921. He served from 4 March 1901 until his death as the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. As chairman, in 1917, he wrote the resolution declaring that a state of war existed between the United States and the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires. This marked the entry of the U.S. into World War I. Flood died in Washington.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number M-65.)
 
Location. 37° 22.079′ N, 78° 50.359′ W. Marker is in Appomattox, Virginia, in Appomattox County. Marker is at the intersection of Virginia Route 26 and County Route 677, on the right when traveling north on State Route 26. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Appomattox VA 24522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Last Positions (a few steps from this marker); Custer's Third Brigade (approx. 0.7 miles away); Walker's Last Stand (approx.
Markers on the West Edge of Appomattox image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
2. Markers on the West Edge of Appomattox
0.7 miles away); Confederate Artillery Position (approx. 0.7 miles away); Carver-Price School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Winonah Camp / Mozella Price Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); Appomattox County Eternal Flame (approx. one mile away); Appomattox County Units (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appomattox.
 
More about this marker. There were two earlier “Eldon” markers, both numbered M-66. This marker was renumbered because there was a third marker numbered M-66 titled “Inventor of the Banjo” elsewhere in Appomattox that was unrelated. One of the Eldon markers was on US 460 at Virginia Route 131 and the other on Virginia Route 24 1.1 miles north of town. This second one was reported missing before 1989.

The marker on US 460 at VA 131 read “Three miles north id Eldon, birthplace and home of Henry D. “Hal” Flood (1865-1921). A member of the United States House of Representatives (1901–1921), and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (1913–1919), he drafted the Resolution declaring war on Germany and Austria, April 6, 1917.”

The marker on route 24 read “Three miles north is Eldon, birthplace and home of Hal D. Flood, for many years a member of the United States House of Representatives. He was chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, January 1913 – March 1919, and the author of the resolution declaring war on Germany and Austria, April 1917. He died in Washington December 8, 1921.”
 
Categories. PoliticsWar, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2008, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 909 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 14, 2008, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   2. submitted on April 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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