Near Wytheville in Wythe County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Wytheville
Into the Valley of Death
The day after the march began, Toland fought the first engagement of the raid at Piney Creek, West Virginia, killing and wounding nine Confederate soldiers. Toland lost two killed and three wounded. On the, same day, Toland received orders directing him to “move immediately upon the railroad at Wytheville, Virginia.” Later, six miles west of Raleigh (present-day Beckley), West Virginia, the regiment dismissed the wagon train that carried the supplies. The train, including unserviceable horses and men unfit for combat, returned to Camp Piatt.
After bivouacking overnight at Jeffersonville (modern-day Tazewell), Virginia, on July 17, Toland broke camp about 3 a.m. to march to Wytheville to destroy the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad tracks. He placed thirty-five prisoners of war, several African Americans, and 20 horses captured at Abbís Valley in the rear of the column.
Erected by Virginia Civil Was Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 2.736′ N, 81° 13.686′ W. Marker is near Wytheville, Virginia, in Wythe County. Marker is at the intersection of South Scenic Highway (U.S. 52) and Old Mountain Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling south on South Scenic Highway. Touch for map. It is at Big Walker Lookout on Big Walker Mountain. The county line cuts through the new general store. The old general store building and observation tower is in Bland County. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8711 Stony Fork Rd, Wytheville VA 24382, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wythe County / Bland County (within shouting distance of this marker); Tolandís Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); One of the “Big Four” (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Wytheville (approx. 3.2 miles away); Homesteader's Legacy (approx. 5.1 miles away); Battle of Wytheville (approx. 6.1 miles away); Henry C. Groseclose (approx. 6.6 miles away); Bland (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wytheville.
More about this marker. Marker contains an un-captioned photograph of the valley on the lower right, a map of area on the lower right, and a sketch by Alfred A. Waud of troops destroying railroad tracks, center right.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,452 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 1, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 3, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.