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Near White Post in Clarke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Double Tollgate Fight

 
 
Double Tollgate Fight Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 15, 2007
1. Double Tollgate Fight Marker
Inscription.
Double Tollgate
Fight
Aug. 11, 1864
Imboden & U.S.
Cavalry
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Erected by J.E.B. Stuart Chapter of the Confederate Veterans.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
 
Location. 39° 3.608′ N, 78° 8.254′ W. Marker is near White Post, Virginia, in Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of Lord Fairfax Highway (U.S. 340) and Highland Corners Road, on the right when traveling east on Lord Fairfax Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: White Post VA 22663, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Double Tollgate (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark County / Frederick County (approx. half a mile away); Greenway Court (approx. 1.5 miles away); 1750 A.D. (approx. 1.8 miles away); White Post (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named Clark County / Frederick County (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Greenway Court (approx. 3.3 miles away); Defenses of Winchester (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Post.
 
More about this marker.
The Double Tollgate Stone seen from the Highway image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 15, 2007
2. The Double Tollgate Stone seen from the Highway
The location offers yet another sweeping view of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains.
This is one in a series of granite markers placed by the J.E.B. Stuart Chapter of the Confederate Veterans sometime in the 1890s to commemorate significant Civil War actions around Clarke County.
 
Regarding Double Tollgate Fight. The fighting here in 1864 was one in a series of running battles around the lower Shenandoah during the later part of the summer. In this case, a portion of Merritt's Federal Cavalry Brigade had skirted around Confederate positions centered around Winchester, Va., and probed for an open flank. The objective was Newton (now Stephens City). Confederate General Imboden parried this thrust by countering with his cavalry brigade. The action involved the 6th and 9th New York Cavalry, 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry, and Heaton's Battery on the Federal side. Fire from the Federal artillery eventually forced the Confederates to fall back towards Newton and the Valley Pike. However a few days later, the Federal offensive sputtered to a halt after a successful raid by Confederate Col. John S. Mosby destroyed the Federal supply wagons just north of Berryville, at Buck Marsh.
 
Also see . . .  Clarke County Historical Association Proceedings, Vol. XV. (PDF) The introduction provides details about the placement of the marker and others in the series. The fight is detailed in pages 13-15. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,099 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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