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Montpelier Station in Orange County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Confederate Encampment

Reconstructing a Company Street

 
 
Confederate Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, May 13, 2017
1. Confederate Encampment Marker
Inscription. Modern re-enactors from the 3rd Regiment of the Army of Northern Virginia constructed these huts. Like the South Carolina Brigade before them, the re-enactors cut these logs from the surrounding woods. The trees around you are about the same age as those McGowan's troops used to construct their camp in January 1864.

The largest huts represent officers' quarters, while the smaller ones downslope are typical of enlisted soldiers' quarters. The arrangement of the reconstructed huts represent a company "street." The size of the huts was based on the archaeological evidence found in the McGowan encampment.

The hut interiors contained the barest essentials. The fireplace was the only source of heat on frigid nights. Typically, three to four men slept in each hut on wooden platforms covered with straw mattresses. One account related that troops slept together spoon-style with the man in the middle being the warmest and the two on the outside risking frostbite.
 
Erected 2013 by Montpelier Foundation.
 
Location. 38° 13.705′ N, 78° 10.958′ W. Marker is in Montpelier Station, Virginia, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Constitution Highway (Virginia Route 20) and South
Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, May 13, 2017
2. Trail Map
Montpelier Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11350 Constitution Hwy, Montpelier Station VA 22957, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post-Emancipation (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gilmore Family Cemetery (about 800 feet away); Gilmore Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Encampment (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dolley Madison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War & Gilmore Farm Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Montpelier Train Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Montpelier Flag Stop (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier Station.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, May 13, 2017
3. Confederate Encampment Marker
Reconstructed Officers' Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, May 13, 2017
4. Reconstructed Officers' Cabin
Reconstructed Soldiers' Cabins image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, May 13, 2017
5. Reconstructed Soldiers' Cabins
Reconstructed Soldiers' Cabins image. Click for full size.
By Pete Payette, May 13, 2017
6. Reconstructed Soldiers' Cabins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. This page has been viewed 164 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 13, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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