Harrisonburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Court Square & Springhouse
Temporary Prison Camp
Fighting occurred on Harrisonburg’s doorstep several times during the war, especially in 1862/. On June 6, just before the nearby battles of Cross keys and Port Republic, a rearguard engagement southeast of town resulted in the death of Gen. Turner Ashby, Jackson’s cavalry chief.
For a town of its size (about 1,400 in 1860), Harrisonburg had a large number of hotels, reflecting its importance as the county seat and a regional commercial center. The American Hotel (built
Erected by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 26.97′ N, 78° 52.145′ W. Marker is in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Marker is on Main Street (Business U.S. 11), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisonburg VA 22801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrisonburg (here, next to this marker); The Big Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); McNeill’s Rangers (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hardesty-Higgins House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Warren-Sipe House Confederate General Hospital (approx. ¼ mile away); The Woodbine Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Woodbine Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisonburg.
More about this marker. On the left is a Wartime courthouse photo (1834 courthouse, Harrisonburg’s third). To the right is a portrait of Belle Boyd in the sidebar.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,550 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 26, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.