McCausland Attacks

McCausland Attacks (HM9SQ)

Location: Washington, VA 20006 Roanoke County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 19.57', W 80° 2.546'

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Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

Near the site, on the morning of June 21, 1864, Union Major General David Hunter's ambulances, artillery, and supply and munitions wagons crossed the ford at Mason's Creek. The wagon train stalled, and was left unprotected because U.S. Brig. General Alexander Duffie had moved his cavalry ahead to Catawba Mountain.

Just before 9:00 A.M., Confederate Major General Robert Ransom turned over his front-line cavalry to Confederate Brig. General John McCausland, and some sixty of those troops rode down through Hanging Rock Gap to attack the exposed wagons and artillery. The Confederate cavalry palyed havoc with the Union cannons, munitions wagons, and their drivers.

When he heard the explosions and noises of battle, Hunter ordered Brig. General William Averell's cavalry forward, along with infantry support, to fight off McCausland's assault. The arrival of Averell's soldiers forced the Confederates to pull back from the gap.
HM NumberHM9SQ
Year Placed1999
Placed ByCounty of Roanoke, the City of Salem, and the Hanging Rock Battlefield and Railway Preservation Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 584836 N 4131485
Decimal Degrees37.32616667, -80.04243333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 19.57', W 80° 2.546'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 19' 34.20" N, 80° 2' 32.76" W
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Area Code(s)202, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2324-2422 Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail, Washington VA 20006, US
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