Bridgewater (HMAQB)

Location: Bridgewater, VA 22812 Rockingham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 22.792', W 78° 58.78'

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Historic North River Crossing

After his victory at the Battle of McDowell on May 8, 1862, Gen. Stonewall Jackson made plans to attack another Federal force in the Shenandoah Valley. Earlier he had ordered Col. John D. Imboden to burn the bridges at Mount Crawford and Bridgewater to keep another union army from capturing Staunton while he fought in Highland County. When his army arrived here on Sunday, May 18, Capt. Claiborne Mason's black pioneers were erecting a makeshift bridge using farm wagons parked in the river.

Jackson and part of his staff attended a religious service in the field across the river to your right front. The Rev. Maj. Robert Dabney, Jackson's chief-of-staff, preached to Col. Zephaniah T. Conner's brigade of Virginia and Georgia infantry from the text: "Come unto me, all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

As the army began crossing the river, Jackson, his staff, Conner, and Capt. (later Gen.) Robert D. Lilley had a midday meal at the brick home of George Gibbon, .3 mile southwest on the left side of the turnpike.

On October 7, 1864, Gen. Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry division (commanded by Gen. Thomas L. Rosser) crossed here while pursuing Gen. George A. Custer's Union cavalry division.
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByShenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 6:13am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 676469 N 4249895
Decimal Degrees38.37986667, -78.97966667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 22.792', W 78° 58.78'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 22' 47.52" N, 78° 58' 46.80" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 303 S Main St, Bridgewater VA 22812, US
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