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The Killing of Lt. Meigs and the Burning of Dayton
 
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By Bernard Fisher, December 27, 2008
Meigs Historic Site
SHOWN IN SOURCE-SPECIFIED ORDER
1Virginia (Rockingham County), Dayton — Site Where Lt. John Rodgers Meigs Was Killed
This is the approximate site where Union Lt. John Rodgers Meigs was killed in a fight with three Confederate scouts on October 3, 1864. In retaliation, General Philip H. Sheridan ordered that buildings over a large area, including the town of . . . Map (db m15140) HM
2Virginia (Rockingham County), Dayton — Death of Lt. MeigsDeadly Encounter — 1864 Valley Campaigns —
Here on the old Swift Run Gap Road on the evening of October 3, 1864, Union Lt. John Rodgers Meigs was killed in a fight with three Confederate scouts guided by local resident Pvt. Benjamin F. “Frank” Shaver, 1st Virginia Cavalry. Meigs, of Gen. . . . Map (db m15121) HM
3Virginia (Rockingham County), Dayton — Death of Lt. MeigsThe Heavy Hand of War — 1864 Valley Campaigns —
The death of Union Lt. John R. Meigs, near the granite marker on the hill in front of you, unleashed a firestorm of retaliation. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, erroneously told that civilian “bushwhackers” had killed Meigs, reported to Gen. . . . Map (db m15123) HM
4Virginia (Rockingham County), Dayton — Lt. Col. Thomas F. Wildes
In memory of Lt. Col. Thomas F. Wildes, 116th Ohio Regiment, who, when ordered by Gen. Sheridan to burn the town of Dayton, Va. in retaliation for the death of a Union officer, refused to obey that order, risking court-martial and disgrace. His . . . Map (db m88643) HM
 
 
  
 
 
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Sep. 30, 2022