North in Mathews County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Civil War In Mathews County
Confederate Units and Leaders
Two Mathews County natives rose to prominence during the war. James Henry Lane (1833-1907) was born at Mathews Court House. Upon graduation from Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia, he taught mathematics and tactics at VMI. After leading North Carolina regiments, Lane was promoted to brigadier general in 1862. His brigade saw action from Fredericksburg to Appomattox.
Sally Louisa Tompkins (1833-1916) of Mathews County was known as the “Angel of the Confederacy." She operated Robertson Hospital in Richmond, Va., from July 1861 until the end of the war. Tompkins, who was the only woman to hold a position as a commissioned
(lower left) Last Mathews Confederate veterans, March 31, 1931. Top left to right: Elkanah Diggs and William S. Burroughs. Front left to right: John A. Lewis, Walter R. Stoakes, Major Giles B. Cooke, and John Wesley Minter. Courtesy Mathews County Historical Society
(upper right) Gen. James Henry Lane Courtesy VMI Archives; Capt. Sally Louisa Tompkins Courtesy Virginia Historical Society
Erected 2014 by Virginia Civil WarTrails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 27.948′ N, 76° 26.659′ W. Marker is in North, Virginia, in Mathews County. Marker can be reached from Windsor Road (Virginia Route 3) 0.2 miles north of John Clayton Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 14), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located along the walking trail in Fort Nonsense Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: North VA 23128, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Civil War In Mathews County (within shouting distance of this marker); John Clayton, Botanist (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Nonsense (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field Fortifications (about 300 feet away); By Land And By Sea (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (about 400 feet away); Mathews County (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 523 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. 3, 4. submitted on June 23, 2014, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.