Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Zion Methodist Church
The Edge of the Storm
—Lee vs. Grant – The 1864 Campaign —
Worse was yet to come. In May 1864, Union and Confederate armies fought at nearby Spotsylvania Court House. As the shifting battle lines moved southward, Zion Church found itself in the center of the conflict. Gens. Robert E. Lee and A.P. Hill met with officers at the church, while in the upstairs gallery Southern signal men equipped with high-powered telescopes kept a vigilant watch on Union troops one mile east of here.
The commotion around the church did not go unnoticed. Union gunners, noting the activity, peppered the building with shot and shell. “During our stay there,” recalled one Southern signalman, “every glass in the window was broken out by shells and Minie Balls.”
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 11.637′ N, 77° 35.191′ W. Marker is in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker is at the intersection of Courthouse Road (Virginia Route 208) and Massaponax Church Road (Virginia Route 613), on the right when traveling south on Courthouse Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8700 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stubbs School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Education in Spotsylvania County (about 500 feet away); The Good Hope Colored School (about 500 feet away); Forever young, (about 700 feet away); Batter Up: Spotsylvania Yellow Jackets (approx. 0.2 miles away); Booth Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spotsylvania County Jail (approx. half a mile away); Spotsylvania Courthouse and Jail (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spotsylvania.
Also see . . . Zion United Methodist church official website. ...the "brick church on the road to Travelers Rest” (Submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Categories. • Churches, Etc. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,041 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2. submitted on August 18, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 20, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.