Dark Days in the Burnt DistrictIn the fall of 1864, attacks by Confederate raiders and bushwhackers angered Federal officers in the Shenandoah Valley. On September 22, Union soldiers captured a hapless man named Davy Getz near Woodstock who was wearing civilian clothes and carrying a squirrel rifle. When Union Gen. George A. Custer ordered his execution as a bushwhacker, town elders pleaded with Custer for leniency, claiming that Getz had only the mind of a six-year-old. Custer ignored their pleas, and on October 1 or 2, Getz was made to dig his own grave in an orchard a hundred yards behind you and then was shot to death. Adolph Heller, a Woodstock man who had tried and failed to secure Getz's release, warned Custer, "You will sleep in a bloody grave for this."
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 2:28pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 679793 N 4253699|
|Decimal Degrees||38.41346667, -78.94066667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 24.808', W 78° 56.44'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 24' 48.48" N, 78° 56' 26.40" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 155 Main St, Dayton VA 22821, US|
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