Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War Lynchburg
Supplying Lee’s Army
—Battle of Lynchburg —
During the war, the city’s foundries and factories produced munitions, mills ground flour for rations, and railway trains and canal boats transported men and supplies to the front. Citizens made uniforms and musket cartridges and cared for the thousands of sick and wounded soldiers in Lynchburg’s thirty-two military hospitals.
Lynchburg escaped destruction when Gen. Jubal A. Early’s Confederate forces repelled Union Gen. Davis Hunter’s attack in June 1864. After Richmond fell on April 3, 1865, Lynchburg served briefly as the state capital until Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox ended the fighting in Virginia.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 24.95′ N, 79° 8.418′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Ninth Street and Jefferson Touch for map. Marker is located at the end on Ninth Street, near the waterfront. Marker is in this post office area: Lynchburg VA 24504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lynchburg History (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Point of Beginning (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carter Glass (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lynchburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the Spanish American War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mr. Elder’s Rose Garden (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Lynchburg History (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
More about this marker. On the left side are two portraits:
Gen. Samuel Garland, Jr., a prominent Lynchburg attorney, organized the Lynchburg Home Guard in 1859. Elected colonel of the 11th Virginia Volunteers, composed of Lynchburg area residents, Garland was promoted to brigadier general before he was killed at South Mountain in September 1862. He is buried in Lynchburg’s Presbyterian Cemetery. - Lynchburg Museum Collection
Gen. Francis R.T. Nicholls commanded the military post at Lynchburg after recuperating from wounds
On the upper right is a "Pannoramic View of Lynchburg, 1855. Edward Beyer painted this portrait of Lynchburg depicting the James River and Kanawha Canal, the Orange & Alexandria, the Virginia & Tennessee and the Southside Railroads running along the banks of the James River from Ninth Street depot. Lynchburg became a strategic transportation objective during the war." - Lynchburg Museum Collection
On the lower right is a photo of the "James River and Kanawha Canal. Completed to Lynchburg in 1840, the canal provided a secure and speedy route to Richmond and the Atlantic ports for Lynchburg’s valuable cargoes. During the war it carried troops, ammunition, and essential military supplies eastward to Lee’s army. Devastated by floods in the 1870s, the canal was abandoned and the towpath converted to a railway." - Library of Virginia
Regarding Civil War Lynchburg. This is one in a series of Civil War Trails markers interpreting the Battle of Lynchburg (17-18 June 1864) and the city's role in the Civil War. Select the Civil War Virtual Tour by Marker link below to see other related markers.
Also see . . . Civil War Lynchburg Virtual Tour by Markers. An eight stop Civil War Trails tour, with several Virginia state markers and other memorials added. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,114 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on December 2, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 2, 3. submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.