Jordan's Point

Jordan's Point (HM13RJ)

Location: Lexington, VA 24450
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 47.536', W 79° 25.766'

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"A day I will never forget . . . " Margaret Junkin Preston diary, June 12, 1864

On this spot, in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 11, 1864, Confederate General John McCausland and about 1,500 gray-clad soldiers lined the riverbank between a cedar thicket and the warehouses that cluttered the canal landing. They stretched up the bluff behind you where a Confederate artillery section was located. By mid-morning, General David Hunter's 18,000 Union infantry and artillery occupied the hillside across the river in front of you, en route to Lynchburg to destroy the railroad facilities there. Two of Hunter's infantry divisions under Generals George Crook and Jeremiah C. Sullivan attempted to cross the North River here and a mile upstream at Leyburn's Ford, while Geneneral William W. Averill's cavalry division crossed several miles upstream and to the west.

McCausland torched the covered bridge (the stone abutments are still visible) after calling in his skirmishers from the far bank. Union Gen. Rutherford B. Hayes, later our nineteenth president, commanded the first Federals to arrive on the opposite bank. Several hours of skirmishing followed while Hunter's forces consolidated their position. By mid-afternoon, McCausland ordered a withdrawal, leaving open the road to Lexington. The Confederates retreated to Buchanan and then Lynchburg. The following day, Hunter ordered the Institute and the home of former Virginia Governor John Letcher burned. The library and classrooms of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) as well as many local residences, were ransacked. Hunter departed Lexington for Lynchburg on June 14.
HM NumberHM13RJ
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 12:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 638283 N 4183928
Decimal Degrees37.79226667, -79.42943333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 47.536', W 79° 25.766'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 47' 32.16" N, 79° 25' 45.96" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 836 Stono Ln, Lexington VA 24450, US
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