Near Strasburg in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
—1862 Valley Campaign —
In early March 1862, the Federal army advanced south “up” the Shenandoah Valley in pursuit of Stonewall Jackson’s Confederates. Jackson assigned Col. Turner Ashby’s cavalry to act as his army’s rear guard. Ashby made his stand here at Cedar Creek. Private George Neese of Chew’s “horse battery” recorded the scene here March 18, 1862: “The enemy advanced rapidly and we were ordered to Cedar Creek to oppose their onward march. We put our guns into position about a half mile from the creek on the west side of the pike, on a hill which commanded the bridge and its approaches... When they came within a mile of our position, we opened fire on them with our rifled guns. Their artillery wheeled four guns into battery immediately after we opened and returned our fire. Both sides thundered with a lively exchange for about twenty-five minutes.... Our men burnt the Cedar Creek bridge today before we turned the creek over to the Yanks. The bridge was burning when we were firing
On March 24, Chew and Neese occupied the same position during the retreat from Kernstown. A few months later, on May 24, as the Federals retreated to Winchester, Collis’ Zouaves (Union) were cut off and nearly captured by Jackson when they were left at the bridge to act as a rear guard.
Ashby’s cavalry again burned the bridge behind Jackson’s retreating army on June 1.
(Picture Caption) This covered bridge, rebuilt on the original abutments and photographed prior to 1900, is, according to local historians, a close copy of the span burned by Ashby in March 1862. The bridge would be burned and rebuilt (often the following day) at least four times during the war. It was carried away by the spring floods in 1865.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 0.421′ N, 78° 19.163′ W. Marker is near Strasburg, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Valley Pike (U.S. 11) 0.4 miles north of Quarry Road, in the median. Touch for map. Located in the median between the north and southbound lanes of US 11. Marker is in this post office area: Strasburg VA 22657, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Cedar Creek ( here, next to this marker); Fort Bowman ( here, next to this marker); Frederick County / Shenandoah County ( approx. 0.2 miles away); 128th New York Volunteer Regiment ( approx. half a mile away); Samuel Kercheval ( approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strasburg.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 1,785 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 23, 2006, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota. 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.