Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Lynchburg, Virginia, 1864
Terminus of Three Major Railroads
This map shows Lynchburg during the Civil War Battle of Lynchburg, June 1864. The “Public Burying Ground,” also known as the Old Methodist Cemetery or Old City Cemetery, was located at the edge of town.
By 1860 three major railroad lines terminated in Lynchburg:
• Virginia & Tennessee Railroad (1852)
• Southside Railroad (1854)
• Orange & Alexandria Railroad (1860)
These three railways helped to make Lynchburg a regional hub of industry and tobacco commerce, and one of the wealthiest cities per capita in the United States. During the Civil War, they made Lynchburg the second largest hospital center in Virginia.
Stapleton Station was located at mile post 130.8 on the C&O line from Richmond, Virginia. The Station was near Galt’s Mill in Amherst County, fifteen miles east of Lynchburg. Stapleton, named after David T. Staple’s nearby flour mill, had been a post office since 1842.
The railroad tracks through Stapleton were originally laid by the Richmond & Alleghany Railroad Company in 1881. Most of the track along the James River was built on the towpath of the James River & Kanawha Canal, constructed in the late 1830s, which provided a smooth, level surface for the railroad bed.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor Street, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of the Stapleton Station (here, next to this marker); Station House Museum (a few steps from this marker); When Lynchburg Was “Lunchburg” (a few steps from this marker); Life and Death (a few steps from this marker); Lynchburg’s First Public Hanging, 1830 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hermon Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel and Columbarium (within shouting distance of this marker); Ivy Chapel Union Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
Also see . . . Station House Museum at the Old City Cemetery. (Submitted on May 29, 2014.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 591 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3. submitted on May 27, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 4. submitted on May 29, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.