— 1864 Valley Campaign —On the evening of June 15, 1864, the lead element of Union Gen. David Hunter's 18,000-man army arrived here and cam near Avenel. The main force arrived the following morning and started destroying the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad tracks, burning the depot and businesses before moving on toward Lynchburg. Hunter had taken command in the Shenandoah Valley on May 19, with orders to destroy railroad facilities and supplies in Staunton and Lynchburg, then either return to lower Valley or join Gen. Ulysses S. Grant near Petersburg.
|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||Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 4:57am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 630775 N 4132985|
|Decimal Degrees||37.33435000, -79.52376667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 37° 20.061', W 79° 31.426'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||37° 20' 3.66" N, 79° 31' 25.56" W|
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|Area Code(s)||804, 540, 434|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 108 S Bridge St, Bedford VA 24523, US|
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