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Parker in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gaspar Tochman

 
 
Gaspar Tochman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
1. Gaspar Tochman Marker
Inscription. A mile south is the unmarked grave of Gaspar Tochman (1797-1880), a major in the Polish army who participated in the failed 1830 revolt against Russia. Exiled, in 1837 he immigrated to the United States, where he practiced law, wrote, and lectured. During the Civil War he recruited the Polish Brigade (14th and 15th Louisiana regiments) of Jackson's Corps. A colonel in the Confederate army, he sought unsuccessfully the rank of brigadier general. Tochman settled here in 1866 and served as the European agent for the Virginia Board of Immigration.
 
Erected 1992 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number JJ-25.)
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 16.491′ N, 77° 45.501′ W. Marker was in Parker, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker was at the intersection of Orange Plank Road (County Route 621) and Parker Road (County Route 611) on Orange Plank Road. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. A.P. Hill Escapes Capture (approx. 1.5 miles away); Key Terrain (approx. 1.5 miles away); Wilderness Campaign
Gaspar Tochman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 16, 2008
2. Gaspar Tochman Marker
The road here follows the route of the old Orange Plank Road, named for the wood planking used as a road bed. The path was the wagon route through the Wilderness, running roughly parallel to the Orange Turnpike further north.
(approx. 1.6 miles away); The Chewning Farm (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Wilderness Campaign (approx. 2 miles away); Crisis in the Wilderness (approx. 2 miles away); Lee-to-the-Rear (approx. 2 miles away); In The Nick of Time (approx. 2 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1. The Polish Brigade
Despite the name, the Polish Brigade was not exclusively Polish. Exiles from Europe, feeling from the political and revolutionary strife of the mid-century, joined this organization. Although the organization served during the major campaigns of the Civil War in Virginia, the exiles were never quite fully embraced by the military and political leaders of the Confederacy.
    — Submitted February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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