"A day I will never forget . . . " Margaret Junkin Preston diary, June 12, 1864On this spot, in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 11, 1864, Confederate General John McCausland and about 1,500 gray-clad soldiers lined the riverbank between a cedar thicket and the warehouses that cluttered the canal landing. They stretched up the bluff behind you where a Confederate artillery section was located. By mid-morning, General David Hunter's 18,000 Union infantry and artillery occupied the hillside across the river in front of you, en route to Lynchburg to destroy the railroad facilities there. Two of Hunter's infantry divisions under Generals George Crook and Jeremiah C. Sullivan attempted to cross the North River here and a mile upstream at Leyburn's Ford, while Geneneral William W. Averill's cavalry division crossed several miles upstream and to the west.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 12:14am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 638283 N 4183928|
|Decimal Degrees||37.79226667, -79.42943333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 47.536', W 79° 25.766'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 47' 32.16" N, 79° 25' 45.96" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 836 Stono Ln, Lexington VA 24450, US|
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