L is for the Civil War Battle of Lynchburg in Virginia. During the Civil War, Lynchburg served the Confederacy with rail and canal
depots and a huge hospital complex. Throughout the war had been spared most of
the destruction that befell other Virginia cities and towns. That was about to
From Lexington, General David Hunter approached the city from the west after
moving down the Shenandoah Valley burning farms and towns. Only a few Valley
forces stood in his way. After a series of delaying actions by Confederate
General John McCausland meager forces, the Union troops managed to force back a
Confederate line positioned at the old Quaker Meeting House, and took the nearby
Sandusky House for use as a temporary headquarters. On June 18 following the fallback toward the center of Lynchburg,
Confederate forces, now reinforced by General Jubal Early, established positions
along a 3-mile line west of the town (extending from what is now Fort Early to
McCausland Ridge). After inconclusive fighting, the Union troops withdrew under
the false impression they were facing a larger Confederate force. Part of the
deception arose from a continuous series of train movements on several rail
lines, giving the impression that reinforcements were arriving at a steady pace.
Between the two opposing forces, approximately 44,000 men were
available for duty although most of them were not involved in the actual
fighting. The fight resulted in just over 900 casualties.
From Lynchburg, Hunter moved west with Early on his heels. At the
town of Liberty (now Bedford), Early’s men overtook the retreating Federals and
inflicting heavy casualties. Skirmishes took place at numerous other locations
as Hunter’s army fled west. Finally, seeing that the way to Washington was now
open, Early gave up the pursuit and rapidly moved north in the last great
strategic offensive of the war in the eastern theater.
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.