Near Baker in Hardy County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
En Route to the Shenandoah Valley
Despite Lincoln's repeated orders to hurry back to the Valley and strike Jackson from behind, Frémont did not leave this camp until May 30.
The rain and the narrow Lost River gorge slowed him, and he did not arrive in the Valley until June 1. Jackson raced south with his "foot cavalry," past the slow-moving Frémont and ahead of Gen. James Banks's pursuing force, and settled into Port Republic. There, on June 8-9,
May 27, 1862, Lincoln to Frémont: I see that you are in Moorefield. You were expressly ordered to march to Harrisonburg. What does this mean?
May 28, Frémont to Lincoln: My troops were not in condition to execute your order ... [and] the line of march was a necessity.
May 29, Lincoln to Frémont: Please have your force at Strasburg ... by noon tomorrow.
May 29, Frémont to Lincoln: My command is not yet in marching order. The medical director this morning protested against its farther advance without allowing one day's rest.
May 30, Lincoln to Frémont: Where is your Force? It ought this minute to be near Strasburg. Answer at once.
May 31, Frémont to Lincoln: Main column at Wardensville. Heavy storm of rain most of yesterday and all last night.
June 1, Frémont to Lincoln: Main body reached five miles from Strasburg at 10 A.M. today. Advance attacked by enemy with considerable force. Expect to bring up our entire force by nightfall.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. West Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 6.048′ N, 78° 50.694′ W. Marker is near Baker, West Virginia, in Hardy County. Marker is at the intersection of Old State Highway 55 and New River Road (County Road 1), on the right when traveling west on Old State Highway 55. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baker WV 26801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Moorefield (approx. 6.1 miles away); Fort Pleasant (approx. 6.2 miles away); Cemetery Hill (approx. 6.8 miles away); Gen. Joseph Neville / McNeill's Raid (approx. 7 miles away); Oriskany Sand (approx. 7.1 miles away); McMechen House (approx. 7.2 miles away); Moorefield (approx. 7.2 miles away); Moorefield Presbyterian Church (approx. 7.2 miles away).
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a photo of Gen. Frémont. Below it is a map showing the movements of the forces mentioned in the text. To the right is a sketch depicting Frémont's army marching through the woods.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 966 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 26, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.