Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War

Front Royal

Guard Hill Engagement J11

A Virginia state historical marker, Guard Hill Engagement, J11, was placed north of Front Royal, Virginia in 1999 by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. It is next to another state historical marker, Executions of Mosby's Men and to a pair of Civil War Circle Tour markers on the Battle of Front Royal.


Location and directiions

The markers are north of Front Royal, north of the bridges over the Shenandoah River on the west side of Winchester Road (U.S. 340 & 522) just north of the intersection with Guard Hill Road/Riverton Road.


Location: 38.9529 N, 78.2001 W; see map


Text from the marker



Guard Hill Engagement


In Aug. 1864, part of Confederate Lt. Gen. Richard H. Anderson’s corps threatened the left of Union Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s army. As Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt’s division approached on 15 Aug. to protect the Federal flank. Anderson ordered Brig. Gen. William T. Wofford’s infantry brigade and Brig. Gen. Williams C. Wickham’s cavalry brigade across the Shenandoah River to confront Merritt. Wickham was overwhelmed, however, on 16 Aug., and his troopers retreated toward Front Royal while Union Brig. Gen. George A. Custer’s brigade drove Wofford from Guard Hill. Sheriden then retired north to Charles Town W. Va.


Erected 1999 by Department of Historic Resources.

Guard Hill Engagement Marker north of Front Royal, Virginia(above) Guard Hill Engagement marker north of Front Royal, Virginia

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