Near Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
War in the Backyard
Young and recently bereaved of both his father and his wife, William Wood Glass was living at the house when the 1st Battle of Kernstown, March 23, 1862, occurred in his backyard. Not surprisingly, his house was used as a shelter for wounded soldiers.
After the Civil War, William and his second wife raised seven children in the Rose Hill farm house. In 1885, they moved to Glen Burnie in Winchester, but William continued to run the farm with the help of tenants. Picnics and outings at their beloved childhood home, Rose Hill, were a favorite Glass family activity, described poignantly
The way is fair - a ride I pray,
October's glories deck the day
The answer I, O let us go
To the home I used to know!
I would see once more the tree
Where I played in childish glee.
Had for dolls a little school
Where I taught them many a rule.
Faithful still the grand old trees --
Honey locusts in the breeze.
But the brook, how low, how slow!
Once so rollicking its flow.
Where we sailed our tiny boat
Half shell of a cocoanut.
In it sat Miss Golden Hair
Fairest one of all the fair.
Lonely now the fine old home --
Children seven called to roam.
Some so many miles away;
Youngest now is growing grey.
by Susan Glass Strider, 1939.
Location. 39° 9.102′ N, 78° 13.189′ W. Marker is near Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Jones Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at stop one of the walking tour of Rose Hill. See the link to the Museum of the Shenandoah for details about visiting Rose Hill. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1985 Jones Road, Winchester VA 22602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow How To See the Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); Rose Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fight for the High Ground (about 600 feet away); Northern Victory, Southern Defeat (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Defense of the Stone Wall (approx. ľ mile away); The Order for Retreat (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Advance of Tylerís Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); The First Battle of Kernstown (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
More about this marker. On the lower left side of the marker is a "Glass family portrait taken at Glen Burnie, 1895. This family returned to their beloved Rose Hill for picnics." Next to the poem on the right is a portrait of "William Wood Glass (1835-1911) by Edward Caledon Bruce, c. 1860." Below it is a photo of "Rose Hill farmhouse as it looked in the 1930s, showing wooden clapboard on the original log section of the house and stucco on the 1836 front addition."
Regarding War in the Backyard. This is one of seven battlefield interpretive markers at Rose Hill. See the related markers section below for a listing of the walking tour, or the Kernstown Battles Virtual Tour by Markers in the links section for a driving tour.
Related markers. list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Kernstown Battles Virtual Tour by Markers. This marker is related to several markers in the area detailing the actions of two separate battles occurring around Kernstown during the Civil War. The sites include walking trails at the Pritchard-Grim Farm and Rose Hill. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Rose Hill - Museum of the Shenandoah. The walking tour of Rose Hill is open for self-guided tours on the third Saturday of each month April through October from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Battle of First Kernstown Summary. The action around Rose Hill is discussed in phase three of this National Parks Service battle summary. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Rose Hill Farm. (PDF) National Register of Historic Places paperwork for Rose Hill offers many details concerning the history of the farm. (Submitted on November 12, 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 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,368 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.