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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Front Royal, Virginia

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Front Royal is the county seat for Warren County
Front Royal is in Warren County
      Warren County (45)  
      Clarke County (74)  
      Fauquier County (116)  
      Frederick County (209)  
      Page County (88)  
      Rappahannock County (73)  
      Shenandoah County (214)  
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1Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Asbury Chapel“1st Maryland to the Front!” — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Early on the morning of Friday, May 23, 1862, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson paused here at Asbury Chapel well in advance of his 16,000-man army. Although he was familiar with the main roads to Front Royal, Jackson knew that the . . . Map (db m171036) HM
2Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Battle of Front RoyalMay 23, 1862
Confederate Army of 16,000 under General Stonewall Jackson overwhelmed a Federal outpost of 1,000 under Colonel John R. Kenly. The Confederates approached Front Royal undetected from southwest on the afternoon of May 23. Spy Belle Boyd gave the . . . Map (db m33568) HM
3Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Battle of Front Royal
May 23, 1862, General Jackson surprised General Banks’ forces in and around Front Royal, capturing many prisoners and army supplies and forcing Banks to flee in disorder out of the Shenandoah Valley into Maryland. This was the first move in . . . Map (db m171046) HM
4Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Battle of Manassas GapWapping Heights
The last engagement of the Gettysburg Campaign took place here in Manassas Gap on July 23, 1863. Union Gen. George G. Meade and the Army of the Potomac pursued Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia as it retreated south through . . . Map (db m133606) HM
5Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Bel AirHome of Lucy Buck, Diarist — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
A remarkable number of Front Royal residents recorded the battle in their diaries. At least five of these diaries survive to reveal the civilian side of the Civil War, usually absent from official military records or soldiers' letters. One of the . . . Map (db m2962) HM
6Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Belle BoydJackson Prepares for Battle — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Early in the warm afternoon, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and Gen. Richard S. Ewell and their staffs stopped here at the head of Jackson’s army. As the two commanders studied the ground leading to Front Royal, Capt. Henry Kyd Douglas, one of . . . Map (db m3649) HM
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7Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — JD-1 — Belle Boyd and Jackson
Near here Stonewall Jackson was met by the spy, Belle Boyd, and informed of the position of the Union troops at Front Royal, May 23, 1862. Jackson was advancing northward attempting to get between Banks’ army and Winchester.Map (db m57966) HM
8Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — J-17 — Brother Against Brother
The First Maryland Regiment, U.S.A., was part of the force holding this town when it was attacked by Stonewall Jackson, May 23, 1862. With Jackson was the First Maryland Regiment, C.S.A. The two regiments were arrayed against each other.Map (db m1552) HM
9Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Camp Dismal Hollow
The Corps Comes to Virginia In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the creation of a nationwide program intended to alleviate unemployment resulting from The Great Depression. Unmarried men ages 18-25 were offered construction . . . Map (db m134554) HM
10Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — J-8 — Capture of Front Royal
Stonewall Jackson, Moving against Banks, captured this town from a Union force under Colonel Kenly, May 23, 1862.Map (db m587) HM
11Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Erin Dinner Bell
Erin is a large farm built by a David Funsten in 1848 and located 11 miles north on 522/340. This bell was located in Erin's lower field and used to call the workers in to eat. It is said, when the bell rung the plow horses would stop where they . . . Map (db m206313) HM
12Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — J-9 — Execution of Mosby’s Men
On 23 Sept. 1864 in a fight south of town, some of Lt. Col. John S. Mosby’s Rangers mortally wounded Lt. Charles McMaster, 2nd U. S. Cavalry, after he allegedly surrendered. Union Gen. Alfred T. A. Torbert’s cavalrymen retaliated by executing six . . . Map (db m2447) HM
13Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Execution of Mosby’s Rangers“The ‘dark day’ of 1864” — Mosby’s Confederacy —
"Mosby will hang ten of you for every one of us!" were William Thomas Overby’s last words to his executioners before the rope tightened around his neck here on Richardson’s Hill. This was the final scene of a tragedy that began less than two . . . Map (db m804) HM
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14Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — FairviewKenly’s Last Stand — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
This stone structure, known as Fairview, was the home of Thomas McKay. On this site Union Col. John R. Kenly rallied the 1st Maryland Infantry (USA) for a last stand as the Confederates approached. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson had ordered . . . Map (db m2958) HM
15Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Front RoyalCrossroads of War
During the Civil War, Front Royal, a “cross-roads town” of fewer than 600 residents, was the economic center of Warren County. One soldier described the town as “...quite rural. The principal objects of interest are two small . . . Map (db m2436) HM
16Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Front RoyalBattle of Front Royal — 1862 Valley Campaign —
On May 23, 1862, Front Royal was occupied by 1000 Federal troops (1st Maryland Infantry, 29th Pennsylvania and a battery of Knap’s Artillery) under the command of Col. J. R. Kenley In the early afternoon Confederate Gen. T. J. “Stonewall” . . . Map (db m2439) HM
17Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Guard Hill“Oh, What an Opportunity for Artillery!” — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Closely pursued by the 8th Louisiana Infantry, Union Col. John R. Kenly's rear guard occupied Guard Hill just west of here. The two-gun section of Knap's Battery E, Pennsylvania Light Artillery, commanded by Lt. Charles Atwell, covered part of the . . . Map (db m3736) HM
18Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — J-11 — Guard Hill Engagement
In Aug. 1864, part of Confederate Lt. Gen. Richard H. Anderson’s corps threatened the left of Union Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s army. As Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt’s division approached on 15 Aug. to protect the Federal flank. Anderson ordered . . . Map (db m2449) HM
19Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Indian Old Fields
Within the bends of the Shenandoah River below the Indians kept fields burned off as pastures for deer and bison. These fields were "old" to the first white settlers who prized the fertile bottomlands. Today the old fields are sites of modern farms.Map (db m13212) HM
20Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Mosby's MenProspect Hill Cemetery
(front) Erected 1899 by the survivors of Mosby’s Command in memory of seven comrades executed while Prisoners of War near this spot, September 23rd, 1864. (rear) In everlasting honor of Thomas E. . . . Map (db m61315) HM WM
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21Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — No Park is an Island
Skyline Drive was conceived and built so that people could enjoy views of the rural Shenandoah Valley and Virginia Piedmont. Indeed, the Valley looks like a folk art painting from up here – brush strokes of farms, homes, forests, and small . . . Map (db m144985) HM
22Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Prospect Hill CemeteryJackson Prepares for Battle — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Devoid of trees in 1862, this hill afforded Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's troops their first good look at Front Royal and the deployments of the Union garrison here. Approaching from the south on the Gooney Manor Road (now Browntown Road), . . . Map (db m2959) HM
23Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — J-12 — Recreational Center of Front Royal
William E. Carson (1870-1942), the first chairman of Virginia State Commission on Conservation and Development, a local resident, spearheaded the development of the recreational center for use by the people and visitors of Front Royal and Warren . . . Map (db m12045) HM
24Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Revolutionary War Memorial
In memory Soldiers and Patriots of the Revolutionary War 1775 - 1783 Map (db m158627) WM
25Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Richardson’s HillKenly Makes His Stand — Battle of Front Royal, May 23, 1862 —
Directly in front of you is the “commanding height” where Union Col. John H. Kenly made his last attempt to hold Front Royal. Atop Richardson’s Hill—this “cherty” ridge, as Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson called it—Kenly posted the . . . Map (db m803) HM
26Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Rose HillCombat in the Front Yard — Battle of Front Royal May 23, 1862 —
Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Maryland and Louisiana troops had steadily pushed Col. John R. Kenly's 1st Maryland Infantry (US) north, despite occasionally fierce street fighting, until they reached this point. The Confederates halted . . . Map (db m2977) HM
27Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Site of Lane's Tavern
Where Warren became a county, here in 1836 the first eleven county justices met to hold court. They were: Thomas Buck, Abner Smith, Isaac Overall, Joseph Spangler, George Blakemore, Samuel Gardner, Mordecai Cloud, Marcus Richardson, Samuel Simpson, . . . Map (db m158625) HM
28Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — FF-2 — State Fish Hatchery
One mile south. This fish cultural station was established in 1933 for hatching and rearing smallmouth bass and other species of sunfish for the stocking of the public waters of Virginia.Map (db m3100) HM
29Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — The Bridges“Torch the Bridges!” — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Flanked out of his position on Richardson's Hill, Union Col. John R. Kenly hurried his command north to the bridges spanning the forks of the Shenandoah River. At this spot on the South Fork stood the Front Royal Turnpike Bridge, and the Manassas . . . Map (db m2975) HM
30Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — The CourthouseFront Royal Street Fighting — Battle of Front Royal, May 23, 1862 —
As Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s army pushed its way into Front Royal, Col. Bradley T. Johnson’s 1st Maryland Infantry (CSA) confronted Col. John R. Kenly’s 1st Maryland Infantry (US). The street fighting grew especially hot here, . . . Map (db m158637) HM
31Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — The Great Seal of the Confederacy
The Great Seal of the Confederacy was presented by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in memory of the Confederate Veterans 15 August 1963Map (db m158605) WM
32Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — The Massanutten
An unusual name for an unusual mountain. Totally isolated within the Shenandoah Valley, fifty-mile-long Massanutten Mountain begins and ends abruptly. From here you can see its north end. Called simply "The Massanutten," the mountain today is part . . . Map (db m13208) HM
33Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — J-7 — The McKay Home
A short distance west, at Cedarville, stands the old home of the pioneer Robert McKay. Built of walnut logs, it is one of the oldest houses in the valley. In 1781, Joist Hite, Robert McKay and others received a grant of 100,000 acres. Hite settled . . . Map (db m3105) HM
34Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — The Warren County Courthouse
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and registered as a Virginia Historic LandmarkMap (db m45710) HM
35Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Warren County 9/11 Memorial
In Memory of the People who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 Dedicated September 11, 2002 County of Warren Warren County Chapter of Izaak Walton League of AmericaMap (db m158628) WM
36Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Warren County Confederate Memorial
CSA 1861 – 1865 Unveiled July 4, 1911 This monument was erected to commemorate the courage and patriotism of the men from Warren County, who served honorably, in the Confederate Army “To those who fought and lived and to those who . . . Map (db m45760) WM
37Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — J-22 — Warren County High School and Massive Resistance
Warren County High School, a Public Works Administrative project, was constructed in 1940. In 1958, the local NAACP chapter, lead by James W. Kilby, won a federal suit against the Warren County School Board to admit African Americans for the first . . . Map (db m43289) HM
38Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Warren County Korea & Vietnam Memorial
This monument is dedicated to those who made the supreme sacrifice during the Korean and Viet Nam Conflicts. Korea       1950 – 1955 Clowe, Algernon S. • Coverstone, William • Davenport, Edward • Dodson, George • Hall, Charles N. • Henry, . . . Map (db m45724) WM
39Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Warren County World War I & II Memorial
They sought no glory but their country’s good In memory of those who served in defense of their country in World War I       1917 – 1918 and World War II       1941 – 1945 World War I Baker, Clifton O. • Derflinger, Clarence F. • . . . Map (db m45718) WM
40Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — JD-2 — William E. Carson
William E. Carson, of Riverton, was the first chairman of the Virginia Conservation Commission, 1926-34. As such he was a pioneer and leading spirit in the establishment of the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive; The Colonial National . . . Map (db m3735) HM
41Virginia (Warren County), Front Royal — Williams Chapel[Christian Methodist Episcopal]
Formerly the "Old Presbyterian Church" completed in 1845, is the oldest house of worship in Front Royal.Map (db m158624) HM
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Sep. 30, 2022