The Soldiers' SectionDuring the Civil War, Woodbine Cemetery was Harrisonburg's principal burial ground. Chartered in March 1850, it opened later that year after the city's first mayor, Isaac Hardesty, sold 2.5 acres of his property to the cemetery company. The need for additional grave sites for fallen soldiers became clear early in the conflict. Nearby engagements, such as the action in which Confederate Gen. Turner Ashby was killed on June 6, 1862, as well as the Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic, created fatalities that began to fill the available space. The deaths of wounded soldiers treated at Harrisonburg's general military hospital after it was established in October 1862 prompted city merchant Samuel Shacklett to donate an adjoining acre for a soldiers' cemetery.
|Series||This marker is part of the United Daughters of the Confederacy series, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series.|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 3:22am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 686546 N 4257710|
|Decimal Degrees||38.44820000, -78.86230000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 26.892', W 78° 51.738'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 26' 53.52" N, 78° 51' 44.28" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 401-433 US-33, Harrisonburg VA 22801, US|
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