"1st Maryland to the Front!"
— Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —Early on the morning of Friday, May 23, 1862, Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson paused here at Asbury Chapel well in advance of his 16,000-man army. Although he was familiar with the main roads to Front Royal, Jackson knew that the terrain through which they passed would restrict his troop-deployment options. He also wanted to find a route concealed from his Union adversary at Strasburg, Gen. Nathaniel Banks, who still thought Jackson was in the main part of the Shenandoah Valley to the west of the Massanutten Mountain. In fact, the Confederate army stretched for twelve miles south of here on the Lurray and Front Royal Turnpike (present-day U.S. 340), which passed the western side of the church in 1862.
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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 25th, 2014 at 12:35pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 738838 N 4307136|
|Decimal Degrees||38.88065000, -78.24663333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 52.839', W 78° 14.798'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 52' 50.34" N, 78° 14' 47.88" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||540, 703|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 7973 Stonewall Jackson Hwy, Front Royal VA 22630, US|
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