Near Amissville in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Encounter with Lee
“Don't You Ever Forget It”
The Browning farm sat astride the Richmond Road south of here. Eleven-year-old Samuel Browning stood near the family farmhouse, a hundred yards east of the road, and watched as part of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia marched past on a hot June afternoon. To the thirsty soldiers, hundreds of whom fell out with heatstroke during the long march, water was precious. A group of gray-clad horsemen approached Samuel, and one inquired where they might find water. The boy directed them to the spring just below his home, and the group paused there to refresh themselves. As they remounted, one of the officers asked Samuel if he knew who had asked him about the water. When the boy answered that he did not, the man exclaimed, “That was Robert E. Lee and don’t you ever forget it!” Samuel Browning took the
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 38° 38.961′ N, 78° 4.482′ W. Marker is near Amissville, Virginia, in Rappahannock County. Marker is at the intersection of Laurel Mills Road (County Route 618) and Richmond Road (County Route 729), on the left when traveling east on Laurel Mills Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Amissville VA 20106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle Mountain (here, next to this marker); Dangerfield Newby (here, next to this marker); Hinson's Ford (approx. 4.3 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 4.3 miles away); Corbin's Crossroads (approx. 4½ miles away); Twilight of Slavery (approx. 4.8 miles away); Gaines’s Crossroads (approx. 4.8 miles away); a different marker also named Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amissville.
More about this marker. On the upper left of the marker is a photo captioned Gen. Robert E. Lee - Courtesy Library of Congress. On the upper middle of the marker is a sketch captioned
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2011. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2011. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.