Village of McDowell

Village of McDowell (HM16RO)

Location: McDowell, VA 24458 Highland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.917', W 79° 29.346'

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Battle 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 the bridge" over Bullpasture River. After the battle, wounded of both armies were cared for in the church. The dead were buried in its cemetery, across modern U.S. 250 (the old Staunton-to-Parkersburg Turnpike).

The house of Confederate Capt. Felix Hull is to the northwest facing the turnpike. It was Federal headquarters before the battle and Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson's headquarters afterward. U.S. Gen. Robert C. Schenck probably wrote the message below from that building.

The home of Hull's brother, George Washington Hull, just west of the turnpike, also served as a hospital after the battle. A Virginia Military Institute cadet, who arrived on may 9, later recalled, "There was a dead man laid on top of the piano, and in the dining-room on the table there was a litter with a man on it?. He died after about half an hour?. I was ordered to bury the two of them, which I did. They found a resting place under a big sugar maple along the bank of the river."

That same day, Jackson pursued the Federals west on the Staunton-to-Parkersburg Turnpike, veering north toward Franklin on present day State Route 629.

"There is not a particle of forage here. The last has been given our, and all the horses of cavalry, artillery, and others have been without food today. This place is otherwise untenable and unfit for military defense. The rebels have appeared on the hills over-looking us today and we have shelled and had skirmishing, with no particular result?. If our horses starve a day longer they will not be able to draw away the train or carry us off." - Gen. Robert C. Schenk, May 8, 1862.
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HM NumberHM16RO
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByShenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation and Virginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 10:37am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 632056 N 4243726
Decimal Degrees38.33195000, -79.48910000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.917', W 79° 29.346'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 55.02" N, 79° 29' 20.76" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4189 State Rte 678, McDowell VA 24458, US
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