Jennings House

Jennings House (HM1B0)

Location: Elkton, VA 22827 Rockingham County
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N 38° 24.476', W 78° 37.286'

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Confederate Hospital

1862 & 1864 Valley Campaigns.
This eight-room brick dwelling was built in 1840 for Dr. Simeon B. Jennings, a former resident of Port Republic. At the time of the Civil War, it was one of only half a dozen houses located in the Conrad's Store (present-day Elkton) community.

On the evening of April 19, 1862, Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's 6,000-man army marched by here and into a bivouac that stretched to Swift Run. After Jackson's men departed on April 30, Gen. Richard S. Ewell's division crossed through Swift Run Gap east of here and occupied the still-burning campsites for the next two weeks. According to Cpl. Randolph H. McKim, Co. H, 1st Maryland Infantry (C.S.A.), the monotony of camp life was "varied for some of us by visits to Doctor Jennings', whose charming daughters [Ann, Elizabeth, Virginia, Marietta, Mary, and Malinda] greatly attracted us. ... There we had music and song and bright and merry converse, which speedily banished the memory of the hardships of the past two months."

After the Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic (June 8-9, 1862), Jennings and his wife Barbara ministered to dozens of wounded Confederate soldiers in their house. The more severely wounded soldiers are said to have been placed beneath this giant burr oak, where they were treated before being transferred to hospitals.

In October 1864, during Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's burning of the Shenandoah Valley, Jennings' nearby flour mill was destroyed by fire.
HM NumberHM1B0
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByCivil War Trails
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 5:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 707683 N 4253756
Decimal Degrees38.40793333, -78.62143333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 24.476', W 78° 37.286'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 24' 28.56" N, 78° 37' 17.16" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 162 W Rockingham St, Elkton VA 22827, US
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