October 10, 2014

Ranger Program at Toms Brook

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Tom's Brook. I attended a tour of the battlefield starting at the Shenandoah County Park in Maurertown. Ranger Eric Campbell told us about the clash, which was a cavalry battle that took place during "The Burning."

Introducing Jubal EarlyHis enemy, Phil Sheridan

This Civil War Trails sign sets the scene:
"Gen. Wesley Merritt, in command of the Union Gen. Philip Sheridan's 1st Cavalry Division (three brigades) lay in camp some three miles north near the base of Round Hill. Merritt's troopers had, for the past week, been engaged in burning barns, mills, haystacks and driving livestock seized from the local population. During the several preceding days, they had been cautiously pursued and harassed by Lomax as they carried out Union Gen. U.S. Grant's directive to "clean out" the Valley."
The rest of the marker has been transcribed in the Historical Marker Data Base.  This was a Union victory.

Gen. Sheridan Watched the Action from Round Hill.


  1. That sounds real interesting. We don't live too far from the Manassas Battlefield and always enjoy our treks over there.

  2. Sounds like a great day visiting the battlefield.. Thanks for sharing, happy weekend!

  3. I'm glad the anniversaries of so many of these battles are being remembered by programs like this.

  4. What a great way to learn about history.


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