Marion in Smyth County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Engagement at Marion
A Small Town Survives
The engagement at Marion was fought on December 17 & 18, 1864. For two days east of town, fewer than 1,000 Confederates under the command of Gen. John C. Breckenridge (former Vice President of the United States) held off 4,200 cavalrymen under U.S. Gen. George Stoneman. The hardest fighting occurred near the covered bridge which stood to your right near the Allen home. With ammunition supplies depleted and under the cover of darkness, the Confederates left the battlefield and crossed the mountains toward Rye Valley by the only route not blocked by Union troops.
Fearing the Union soldiers would burn the courthouse when they entered the town, Clerk of Court William C. Sexton attempted to save the county's records by moving them to a safe location. He was thwarted by an encounter with Union cavalrymen who set his wagon on fire. Twenty-four year old resident Katherine Killinger retrieved the records and hid them
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 50.942′ N, 81° 29.331′ W. Marker is in Marion, Virginia, in Smyth County. Marker is on North Main Street (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marion VA 24354, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Marion (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sherwood Anderson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Colonial Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); Col. Arthur Campbell (approx. 0.8 miles away); Col. William Elisha Peters (approx. 1.7 miles away); State Fish Hatchery (approx. 1.9 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Marion (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
Also see . . . Battle of Marion. (Submitted on September 22, 2010, 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 September 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 869 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 22, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 23, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.