Near Wytheville in Wythe County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Wytheville
The Road to Mount Airy Depot
Toland planned to continue his march to Wytheville and to divide his command again about two miles from here. He would leave the main road with part of his regiment and destroy the high Virginia and Tennessee Railroad bridge (Walters Bridge), that stood near the Old Stage Road and spanned Reed Creek. But after realizing that he had sent his only reliable guide with Millard and Ruker to Mount Airy Depot, Toland changed his mind and ordered the entire command to march on to Wytheville, leaving the railroad bridge untouched.
According to a Union report written after the raid, the tracks at Mount Airy Depot were not destroyed because the areas was “strongly guarded” by Confederate troops. For this reason, Millard and Ruker aborted their mission and rejoined
Walters or High Bridge spanning Reed Creek on the Old Stage Road southwest of Wytheville. The bridge was on the Federal target list and was threatened during Toland's Raid, but it was not destroyed during the war.
Destroying railroads included heating and "wrapping" the rails.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 57.93′ N, 81° 10.824′ W. Marker is near Wytheville, Virginia, in Wythe County. Marker is on Black Lick Road (Virginia Route 680) 0.2 miles south of Stony Fork Road (U.S. 52), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wytheville VA 24382, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Battle of Wytheville (approx. 3.1 miles away); Homesteader's Legacy (approx. 4.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Wytheville (approx. 4.4 miles away); St. John’s Lutheran Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); Boone Trail Highway Memorial (approx. 5˝ miles away); Wytheville (approx. 5˝ miles away); Edith Bolling Wilson (approx. 5˝ miles away); Wytheville Training School (approx. 5.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wytheville.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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