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Near Low Moor in Alleghany County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Jackson River Depot

Crook's Raid

 
 
Jackson River Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
1. Jackson River Depot Marker
Inscription. During the Civil War, the Jackson River Depot was located here. It marked the western terminus of the Virginia Central Railroad, which extended 200 miles from Hanover Junction north of Richmond. Located just east of the Kanawha Pass of the Allegheny Mountains, the depot, the railroad, and the Jackson River were strategically important as logistical links to Tennessee and served as the “back door” gateways to the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia.

The 3rd Provisional Brigade, composed of Ohio infantry and West Virginia cavalry under Union Col. George Crook, raided the depot on May 20, 1862, to capture supplies stored here. Confederate forces had to evacuate the day before Crook arrived. He obtained vital information about Confederate dispositions, however, from the depotís telegraph office, the telegraph operator, and his dispatches. Crook immediately burned a nearby bridge over the Jackson River and hastily returned to Lewisburg, in present-day West Virginia, where a few days later he defeated Confederate forces at the Battle of Lewisburg.

Two hundred yards to your right is the Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church, the only surviving structure of the Jackson River Depot railroad complex. The building served as a Confederate hospital and cemetery. Twelve unknown Tennessee Confederate soldiers are
Depot grounds map image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
2. Depot grounds map
buried in a grave site behind the church.

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Additional information about early operations of the Virginia Central Railroad and local history can be found at the Chesapeake and Ohio Heritage Center and Museum in the nearby town of Clifton Forge and at the Alleghany Highlands Genealogical Society and the Alleghany Historical Society in Covington, Virginia.

For visitor information please contact the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 540-962-2178 or visit our website at www.visitalleghanyhighlands.com. The Visitors Center is located at 110 Mall Road, Covington, VA.

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George Crook (as Gen.) Courtesy Library of Congress
Jackson River Depot – Courtesy Virginia Review
Depot grounds map – Courtesy C&O Historical Society
View of track from depot – Courtesy C&O Historical Society
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 48.118′ N, 79° 51.557′ W. Marker is near Low Moor, Virginia, in Alleghany County. Marker is on Selma Low Moor Road (Virginia Route 696) 0.2 miles west of Oakland Drive, on the right
Jackson River Depot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
3. Jackson River Depot Marker
when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clifton Forge VA 24422, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland Grove Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Oakland Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (about 300 feet away); C&O Railroad Shops (approx. 1.4 miles away); Low Moor Iron Company Coke Ovens (approx. 1Ĺ miles away); Masonic Theatre (approx. 2.1 miles away); Douthat State Park (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Low Moor.
 
Also see . . .  Alleghany Highlands of Virginia. Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism (Submitted on September 5, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
Oakland Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
4. Oakland Presbyterian Church
Confederate soldiers gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
5. Confederate soldiers gravesite
Oakland Church - change in road, river and railroad locations. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 4, 2017
6. Oakland Church - change in road, river and railroad locations.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 5, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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