Toms Brook in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Action of Toms Brook
Erected 1927 by Conservation & Development Commission. (Marker Number A-25.)
Location. 38° 56.525′ N, 78° 26.81′ W. Marker is in Toms Brook, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Valley Pike (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toms Brook VA 22660, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Toms Brook (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle of Fisher's Hill (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Fisher's Hill (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Fisher's Hill (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fisher’s Hill (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Fisher’s Hill (approx. 3˝ miles away).
More about this marker. The marker is labeled with both the "old" and "new" sequence numbers of "25-A" on the marker text plate, and "A-25" on
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . Battle of Toms Brook. From The Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. (Submitted on October 13, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
1. Early's Cavalry
Rosser commanded the "Laurel Brigade" which had originally been Ashby's cavalry. The unit had seen action in the Shenandoah Valley from 1861, and widely considered as one of the best available in the Army of Northern Virginia. However, by 1864 the Federal cavalry had grown in size, confidence, and competency, thus was often getting the better of the Confederates. Toms Brook was an example of that. Confederate General Jubal Early, commanding the southern forces in the Valley in 1864, had grown to disdain his cavalry as ineffective. After the battle of Toms Brook which precipitated "the Woodstock Races" (See related marker), Early would comment, "I never knew the laurel was a running vine. I think a pumpkin vine might be more appropriate."
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,532 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on December 9, 2011, by Don Hogan of Milton, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 13, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.