Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War

Strasburg

The Great Train Raid of 1861

A sign and a marker for "Stonewall" Jackson's Great Train Raid of 1861 are at the Strasburg Museum in Strasburg, Virginia.

 

Location and Directions

 
The Strasburg Museum is at 440 East King Street in Strasburg, Virginia. (38.98747° N, 78.35565° W. see map)

 

A wayside marker on Civil War Strasburg - Strategic Intersection is also on the east side of the museum.

 

Text from the sign:

 

Jackson captured engines from Martinsburg, W.VA.
and had them pulled by horse teams across the
roads to Strasburg, near here, they were set on
rails and sent south for the Confederate cause.

 

Text from the marker:

 

The Great Train Raid

Reenactment - May 9, 2011

 

This image, entitled Heavy Traffic on the Valley Pike, is the third in a series of paintings by renowned historical artist Mort Künstler, depicting the arrival in Strasburg of disassembled locomotives seized by Confederate forces under Col. Thomas J. (later "Stonewall") Jackson in the spring of 1861 (see adjacent marker). Thosands of onlookers witnessed this once-only renenactment of one of the most fascinatng episodes of the Civil War. Years in the planning, the event featured a nearly full-sized replica of the #208 "Dutch Wagon" engine captured at Martinsburg, built by retired welder Conly Crabill of Strasburg. It is now on display here at the Strasburg Museum.


The Strasburg Museum building was built in the 1890s and served as a pottery factory and the town's train station.
(above) The Strasburg Museum building was built in the 1890s and served as a pottery factory and the town's train station.
(below) The Great Train Raid sign is above one of the museum's doors on the north side.
The Great Train Raid sign is above one of the museum's doors on the north side.
(below) The marker for The Great Train Raid is east of the Museum next to a wayside marker on Civil War Strasburg - Strategic Intersection

Historical marker for the Action of Rutherford's Farm northeast of Winchester, Virginia.
(below) The marker for The Great Train Raid

The marker for The Great Train Raid





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