En Route to the Shenandoah ValleyFor two nights beginning on May 28, 1862, Union Gen. John C. Fr?mont and his approximately 20,000-man army camped on the broad, rolling plateau before you. They had marched from Franklin (Pendleton Co.) three days earlier through the rain and mud, almost out of provisions, to reach this spot. In Washington, D.C., meanwhile, an exasperated President Abraham Lincoln sent telegrams to Fr?mont, urging him to press on to the Shenandoah Valley and give battle to Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's army. It was tying up Federal forces that Lincoln wanted to support Gen. George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign against the Confederate army defending Richmond. Fr?mont had already had an unpleasant encounter with Jackson, who had defeated part of his army at the Battle of McDowell on May 8 and chased him father into western Virginia before turning around to beat Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks's army at Winchester.
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|Series||This marker is part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||West Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 2:17pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 686357 N 4330173|
|Decimal Degrees||39.10080000, -78.84490000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 6.048', W 78° 50.694'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 6' 2.88" N, 78° 50' 41.64" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 442 N River Rd, Baker WV 26801, US|
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