Published on February 19, 2016

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Civil War trails sign on Bridgewater’s Civil War story and Jackson’s crossing of the North River between the Battles of McDowell and Front Royal.

After his victory at the Battle of McDowell, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson made plans to attack another Federal force in the Shenandoah Valley.  Jackson had ordered Col. John D. Imboden to burn bridges in Mt. Jackson and Bridgewater to prevent Union forces from capturing Staunton while he fought in Highland County.  When Jackson arrived on May 18, 1862, his army crossed the North River on a makeshift bridge constructed by Capt. Claiborne Mason’s “Black Pioneers”.

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North bank of the North River, Rt. 42
West Riverside Dr.
Bridgewater, VA 22812