Path of Destruction
— Jones-Imboden Raid —In March 1863, Confederate Gen. John D. Imboden presented Gen. Robert E. Lee a plan to invade the northwestern counties of Virginia. Imboden's goals were to destroy Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bridges and trestles, recruit young men for the Confederate army, and attack Union garrisons at Beverly, Philippi, and Buckhannon. Lee approved the plan, which also called for Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones to wreck the railroad line to the north, with Imboden attacking Federal positions at Beverly and vicinity. On April 20, Imboden departed from Buffalo Gap, about ten miles northwest of Staunton, with 3,365 men. They passed near this spot two days later. Jones and his 3,000 men left camp near Harrisonburg on April 21.
|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||Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 10:52pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 613467 N 4259380|
|Decimal Degrees||38.47553333, -79.69920000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 28.532', W 79° 41.952'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 28' 31.92" N, 79° 41' 57.12" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 374-376 Mountain Turnpike, Blue Grass VA 24413, US|
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