Civil War Trails sign on the Union troops entering the town under General David Hunter’s command following the Battle of Piedmont.
Following the June 1864 Battle of Piedmont, Union troops entered Staunton and burned warehouses and infrastructure related to the important Virginia Central Railroad. Staunton had served as an important link in providing for the Army of the Confederacy and this would not go unpunished by Union General David Hunter in the summer of 1864. Destroying everything in his path, including two newspaper offices, and the Railroad station itself, Staunton would no longer be the vital link in supplying the Confederate Army.
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