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Clarke County, Virginia Civil War markers.
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By Craig Swain, June 18, 2007
The Retreat Marker
1Virginia, Clarke County, Longwood — T-17 — The Retreat
One and a half miles north is The Retreat, home to three distinguished generations of the Parker family. Thomas Parker, a general in the War of 1812, constructed this imposing Federal-style house in 1799. Richard Parker, his nephew, was a U.S. . . . Map (db m75497) HM
2Virginia, Clarke County, Arcadia Farm — Battle of Cool SpringSharp Action at the Shenandoah River — 1864 Valley Campaign —
To draw Union troops from Petersburg to Washington, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early attacked the capital’s defenses on July 11, 1864. He then withdrew to the Shenandoah Valley, where he had left Gen. John C. Breckinridge’s division to hold the . . . Map (db m1201) HM
3Virginia, Clarke County, Arcadia Farm — T–9 — Castleman’s Ferry Fight
Three miles north in July 1864, General Jubal Early’s army, returning from his raid on Washington, was attacked by Federal units which forced a passage of the river. On July 18, Colonel Joseph Thoburn led his troops against the Confederates but was . . . Map (db m138516) HM
4Virginia, Clarke County, Longwood — T-10 — Crook and Early Reported missing
Early, while passing through this gap on his return from his Washington raid, was attacked by Crook’s cavalry, July 16, 1864. Crook destroyed a few wagons, Early captured a cannon.Map (db m1204) HM
5Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — T-15 — Clarke County Courthouse
The year after Clarke County was formed in 1836, construction began on a brick courthouse based on county justice David Meade’s design. The courthouse was remodeled in the Neoclassical style about 1850 when the portico and cupola were added. . . . Map (db m1296) HM
6Virginia, Clarke County, Millwood — B-7 — Signal Station Reported missing
On the hilltop to the south stood an important signal station used by both armies, 1861-1865.Map (db m1398) HM
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7Virginia, Clarke County, Millwood — T-1 — Carter Hall
Col. Nathaniel Burwell, great-grandson of Robert "King" Carter, constructed Carter Hall in the mid-1790s after moving here from Tidewater Virginia. Edmund Randolph Governor of Virginia, U.S. Attorney General, and U.S. Secretary of State, died here . . . Map (db m72942) HM
8Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — Traveler Was Tethered on This Spot
Traveler was tethered on this spot June 21, 1863, as General Robert E. Lee paused on his march to Gettysburg. He attended services here in Grace Episcopal Church. Tablet placed by Sycamore Society 1986 Replaced by E.V. White Chapter, MOSB and Sons . . . Map (db m173645) HM
9Virginia, Clarke County, White Post — J-18 — Double Tollgate
Early in the 19th century, three important roads crossed here: Nineveh Turnpike leading to Front Royal, Winchester Turnpike leading to the north, and Newton Turnpike connecting Stephens City and the Shenandoah River via the Winchester and Berrys . . . Map (db m1751) HM
10Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — J-30 — Battle of Berryville
As it maneuvered against Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early’s Army of the Valley, Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s U.S. Army of the Shenandoah marched south from Halltown, reaching Berryville on 3 Sept. 1864. Finding part of Brig. Gen. George Crook’s corps . . . Map (db m1781) HM
11Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — J-1 — Berryville Wagon Train Raid
Just after dawn on 13 Aug. 1864, Col. John Singleton Mosby and 300 of his 43rd Battalion Partisan Rangers attacked the rear section of Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s 600-vehicle wagon train here. The train, headed for Winchester, carried supplies . . . Map (db m1785) HM
12Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — J-14 — Lee's Bivouac, Gettysburg Campaign
Gen. Robert E. Lee bivouacked near here on 18-19 June 1863, as he began his invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Part of his Army of Northern Virginia marched north toward Winchester, while Lt. Gen. James Longstreet’s corps camped here with Lee. . . . Map (db m1786) HM
13Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — Q 3c — BerryvilleClarke County
The town was laid out in 1798 on land of Benjamin Berry and was first known as Battletown. Here at “Audley” lived Nellie Custis, Washington’s adopted daughter. Here at “Soldiers Rest” lived General Daniel Morgan, who built . . . Map (db m1788) HM
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14Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — Q-3 — Berryville
Before 1798 Berryville was known as Battletown, a name that perhaps originated from a local tavern famous for its fistfights. The General assembly incorporated the town of Berryville on 15 Jan. 1798. Located at a major crossroads of the Shenandoah . . . Map (db m1811) HM
15Virginia, Clarke County, Boyce — B-4 — Saratoga
A half-mile east, Revolutionary War hero Daniel Morgan began this limestone Georgian mansion in 1779 while on furlough. He named it for the Battle of Saratoga in which he had recently distinguished himself. The house was probably constructed by . . . Map (db m1813) HM
16Virginia, Clarke County, Boyce — B-2 — The Briars
Two and a half miles to the northwest stands The Briars, as stuccoed stone, two-story, five-bay dwelling that was constructed around 1819 as the home of Dr. Robert Powell Page. His daughter, Mary Francis Page, married John Esten Cooke, noted . . . Map (db m192471) HM
17Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — Fight at Gold’s Farm
Fight at Gold’s Farm Sept. 3, 1864 Mosby & 6th N.Y. CavalryMap (db m1816) HM
18Virginia, Clarke County, Millwood — Vinyard Fight
Vinyard Fight Dec. 16, 1864 Mosby & US Cavalry ——Map (db m172163) HM
19Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — Buck Marsh Fight
Buck Marsh Fight Sept. 13, 1864 Mosby's Attack on Sheridan’s Wagon Trains ——Map (db m1834) HM
20Virginia, Clarke County, Berryville — Battle of Berryville
Battle of Berryville Sept. 3, 1864 Early & Sheridan ——Map (db m88503) HM
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21Virginia, Clarke County, Longwood — Mt. Airy Fight
Mt. Airy Fight Sept. 15, 1864 Mosby * U.S. CavalryMap (db m1838) WM
22Virginia, Clarke County, Millwood — T-16 — Millwood
This village developed around two late-18th-century gristmills and Nathaniel Burwell’s Carter Hall plantation, one of the preeminent estates in the area. The Burwell-Morgan Mill in the center of the village was a commercial gristmill, while the . . . Map (db m172179) HM
23Virginia, Clarke County, White Post — Double Tollgate Fight
Double Tollgate Fight Aug. 11, 1864 Imboden & U.S. Cavalry ——Map (db m3484) HM
24Virginia, Clarke County, Millwood — Mt. Carmel Fight
Mt. Carmel Fight Feb. 19, 1865 Mosby & U.S. Cavalry ——Map (db m153202) HM
25Virginia, Clarke County, Wickliffe — Battle of Cool Spring
Battle of Cool Spring July 18, 1864 Early & CrookMap (db m183306) WM
26Virginia, Clarke County, Webbtown — Col. Morgan's Lane
Col. Morgan's Lane Aug. 19, 1864 Mosby's Attack on Custer's House Burners. No PrisonersMap (db m172327) HM
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Mar. 25, 2023