— Hunter's Raid —On May 26, 1864, Union Gen, David Hunter marched south from Cedar Creek near Winchester to drive out Confederate forces, lay waste to the Shenandoah Valley, and destroy transportation facilities at Lynchburg. His raid was part of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's strategy to attack Confederates simultaneously throughout Virginia. After defeating Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones at Piedmont on June 5, Hunter marched to Lexington, burned Virginia Military Institute, and headed to Lynchburg. There, on June 17-18, Gen. Jubal A. Early repulsed Hunter and pursued him to West Virginia. Early then turned north in July to threaten Washington.
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 12:31am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 614057 N 4152551|
|Decimal Degrees||37.51286667, -79.70941667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 30.772', W 79° 42.565'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 30' 46.32" N, 79° 42' 33.90" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 17729-17747 Lee Highway, Buchanan VA 24066, US|
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