Boones Mill in Franklin County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Jubal Early Homeplace
Unreconstructed Confederate General
This is the childhood home of Jubal Anderson Early, who was born on November 3, 1816. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1837 and served as a lieutenant in the Seminole War in Florida before resigning in 1838. He practiced law in Rocky Mount, Va., and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1841-1842), served as a major in the Mexican War (1847-1848), and was a commonwealth’s attorney in Franklin and Floyd counties. A delegate to the Virginia Secession Convention in 1861, he initially opposed secession but voted for it after President Abraham Lincoln issued his call for troops following the surrender of Fort Sumter. Early then entered Confederate service, becoming colonel of the 24th Virginia Infantry.
Promoted to general after the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861, Early afterward led troops in every significant battle of the Army of Northern Virginia. In 1862, he became one of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s most trusted subordinates. Caustic, aggressive, and famously profane, Early was – in Lee’s words – “my bad old man.” In June 1864, after Lee appointed him to independent command, Early defeated Union Gen. David Hunter’s army at Lynchburg, launched a raid that reached the inner defenses of Washington, D.C., and fought a campaign in the Shenandoah Valley against
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 37° 10.227′ N, 79° 53.423′ W. Marker is in Boones Mill, Virginia, in Franklin County. Marker is on Old Hollow Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. To find marker, leave VA-116 (Jubal Early Highway), follow Old Hollow Lane (gravel lane) to top of hill. Jubal Early Homeplace is on the left at curve. Marker is in this post office area: Boones Mill VA 24065, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jubal A. Early Homeplace (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of General Jubal Early (approx. one mile away); Roanoke County / Franklin County (approx. 5 miles The Roanoke Star (approx. 6 miles away); Taylor’s Store (approx. 6½ miles away); Buzzard Rock Native American Settlement (approx. 6.6 miles away); A Colonial Ford (approx. 6.7 miles away); McNeil Drive (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boones Mill.
More about this marker. Four different portraits of Jubal Early appear on the marker. They show him as a Cadet at West Point, ca. 1837; as a Major in his Mexican War uniform, ca. 1850; as a Confederate General, ca. 1862; and in old age, ca. 1890s.
Also on the marker is a photograph of the “Early Homeplace, 1995, donated by the Raymond L. Kelly family to the Jubal A. Early Preservation Trust.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 14, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.