“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Highland County, Virginia Civil War markers.
Battle of McDowell Marker image, Touch for more information
By J. J. Prats, May 2, 2010
Battle of McDowell Marker
1Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — W-150 — Battle of McDowell
Stonewall Jackson, to prevent a junction of Fremont and Banks, took position on the hills just to the south and beat off the attacks of Fremont’s advance under Milroy, May 8, 1862. Milroy retreated that night.Map (db m4232) HM
2Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — Battle of McDowell
May 8, 1862, one mile southeast, Jackson and Edward Johnson, C.S.A. defeated Milroy and Schenck, U.S.A. This church served both Blue and Gray as a hospital.Map (db m62929) HM
3Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — Commemorating The Battle Of McDowellMay 8, 1862
Federals in action 4000, killed and wounded 256. Confederates in action 2500, killed and wounded 498. Confederate Officers Killed Captains                     Lieutentants Samuel Dawson           John K. Goldwire William L. Furlow   . . . Map (db m4283) HM
4Virginia, Highland County, Monterey — Town of MontereyHeadquarters Town Reported permanently removed
Monterey was headquarters for Confederates during much of the 1861 Mountain Campaign and headquarters for Federals prior to the fighting at McDowell. In the winter of 1861-1862, skirmishing occurred across the county as the frontier between the . . . Map (db m155465) HM
5Virginia, Highland County, Monterey — Highland County Confederate Monument
. . . Map (db m16663) WM
6Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — W151 — Felix Hull House
This stately brick house was built about 1855 for Felix Hull (ca. 1823-1861) in the Greek Revival style popular in the late antebellum period. During the Civil War, his widow, Eliza Mathews Hull, was living here on 7-8 May 1862 when the house was . . . Map (db m155460) HM
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7Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — Village of McDowellBattle of McDowell — 1862 Valley Campaign —
Union troops camped in the fields south of here between April 17, 1862, and the Battle of McDowell on May 8. They deployed artillery, including “two twelve pounders [that] were planted on the plateau in the read of [the church] so as to cover . . . Map (db m155462) HM
8Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — Battle of McDowellConfederates Hold the High Ground — 1862 Valley Campaign —
Beyond the ridge you are facing is Sitlington’s Hill. On the afternoon of May 8, 1862, Gen. Edward “Allegheny” Johnson directed two brigades of Confederate infantry to take position on the hill facing the Federals across Bull Pasture . . . Map (db m155083) HM
9Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — The Battle of McDowellMcDowell Battlefield Trail
"God blessed our arms with victory at McDowell yesterday…" Major General's Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson to his Wife Anna.
The McDowell Battlefield Trail is a 1.5-mile hike that will take you to the . . . Map (db m62903) HM
10Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — The Battle of McDowellMay 8, 1862
In the spring of 1862 Confederate fortunes seemed to have gone from bad to worse. Union forces had won several key battles in the West, while the U.S. Navy was establishing its coastal blockade and Major General George B. McClellan’s Army of the . . . Map (db m165817) HM
11Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — The Battle of McDowellConfederates Climb Sitlington's Hill
“… [The 31st Virginia] came close to the 3rd and saluted them, and called them by name, and proceeded with the slaughter.” Andrew Price, 3rd Virginia Most of Stonewall Jackson’s Confederates climbed Sitlington’s Hill through a ravine off to . . . Map (db m194639) HM
12Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — The Battle of McDowellUnion Troops Attack Jackson
Major General Edward Johnson commanded the Confederates on the crest overlooking the town of McDowell. Johnson spread his line along the hilltop, anchoring his right flank on the knoll to your right. Stonewall Jackson remained in the valley below, . . . Map (db m16685) HM
13Virginia, Highland County, McDowell — The Battle of McDowellHeart of the Battlefield — Elevation – 2,815 Feet —
The Confederate 12th Georgia Infantry Regiment held this exposed crest overlooking McDowell. Milroy’s Union troops assaulted this hilltop from two directions – on the left and the right. The Confederates held their ground against repeated . . . Map (db m16689) HM
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14Virginia, Highland County, West Augusta — “The Shenandoah Mountain Pass is grand indeed…”Confederate Breastworks Trail
As “Stonewall” Jackson’s Army passed through the gap on their way down to McDowell, Virginia one soldier wrote:
Tuesday 13th May 1862 I have been struck with the wild & mountain scenery. The Shenandoah Mt. Pass is . . . Map (db m16771) HM
15Virginia, Highland County, West Augusta — Confederate Breastworks Interpretive Trail
You are standing in the middle of what was once Fort Edward Johnson. Confederate soldiers built this fort in 1862 under the command of Brigadier general Edward Johnson, a career officer from Virginia. Look to your right, and then left across . . . Map (db m208803) HM
16Virginia, Highland County, West Augusta — Welcome to Fort Johnson
My name is Shepherd Green Pryor, but my friends and family call me “Shep.” I was elected First Lieutenant of the Muckalee Guards, Company A, 12th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry. We’ve just survived a cold Virginia winter on the top . . . Map (db m16773) HM
17Virginia, Highland County, West Augusta — Fort Edward Johnson
On April 19, 1862, General Johnson, with General Lee’s approval, moved our regiment from Allegheny Mountain to Shenandoah Mountain. To protect ourselves from Yankee bullets, we dug about a mile of trench in this rocky ground. We then opened our . . . Map (db m16775) HM
18Virginia, Highland County, West Augusta — “… tolerable well fortified”
My Dear Penelope Wee are now tolerable well fortified; got 12 pieces of cannon and places all fixed for the men to shoot from; that is, fortifications for cannon with openings to shoot through so the men can man the cannon and not . . . Map (db m86203) HM
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Mar. 25, 2023