Buchanan in Botetourt County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
óHunter's Raid ó
One of Gen. David Hunterís objectives was to destroy iron furnaces near Buchanan, Eagle Rock, Fincastle, and Cloverdale. These sites produced pig iron and iron bars that were transported down the James River and Kanawha Canal to Richmond and Joseph R. Andersonís Tredegar Iron Works, which transformed the raw materials into cannons and munitions.
Because Andersonís brother, Confederate congressman Col. John T. Anderson, owned Mount Joy, Hunter ordered it destroyed on June 15, but an officer burned only the barn and outbuildings. Looking back from the foot of the mountain, Hunter realized that the house had been spared and dispatched a troop of cavalrymen to carry out his orders. The
Ellen Glasgow, Pulitzer Prize-winning Virginia novelist, later featured Mount Joy in The Battle Ground. During the war, her mother, sent to Buchanan for safety, stayed with the Andersons during Hunterís raid. She observed the seemingly endless blue line of cavalry, infantry, artillery, and wagons passing by here.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Location. 37° 30.772′ N, 79° 42.565′ W. Marker is in Buchanan, Virginia, in Botetourt County. Marker is on US 11 just west of Mt. Joy Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buchanan VA 24066, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Looney's Ferry (approx. ĺ mile away); The Anchorage (approx. 1.6 miles away); Buchanan (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Botetourt Artillery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Wilson Warehouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); Buchanan Bridge Buchanan & The James River & Kanawha Canal (approx. 2 miles away); Peaks of Otter (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buchanan.
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