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Near Amissville in Rappahannock County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Encounter with Lee

“Don't You Ever Forget It”

 
 
Encounter with Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
November 12, 2011
1. Encounter with Lee Marker
Inscription. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee passed through Rappahannock County on four occasions during the Civil War. The first occurred on August 26, 1862, on the march to Manassas, and the second took place in October during the retreat after the Battle of Antietam, Maryland. Lee rode through the eastern and western areas of the county respectively on these occasions. During the Gettysburg Campaign in the summer of 1863, Lee traversed Rappahannock County twice, heading north on June 16-17 and riding south on July 22-23 during the retreat.

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
Encounter with Lee Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Encounter with Lee Marker
The left of 3 Civil War Trails markers in this grouping.
admonition to heart, and succeeding generations of local residents have maintained the oral tradition.
 
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
Close-up of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
November 12, 2011
3. Close-up of Map on Marker
"Old Spring House, with Guard," by Edwin Forbes, Aug. 1, 1863 - Courtesy Library of Congress. On the upper right of the marker is a photo captioned Lee Spring - Courtesy John Tole.On the right side of the marker is a map captioned Lee-Longstreet routes through Rappahannock County, 1863.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The old spring house, with guard by Edwin Forbes image. Click for full size.
4. The old spring house, with guard by Edwin Forbes
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2004661550/
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2011. This page has been viewed 530 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2011. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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