Published on February 19, 2016

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Civil War Trails sign about the Southern Mills and their role in the local economy and war effort, which would help contribute to their being targeted for destruction by the Union Army.

During the Civil War the Mill that occupied this site was Daniel Bowman Mill.  It ground wheat for the Rockingham farmers and population and served as a perfect example of why the area was considered the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy”.  The contribution of Mills in the Valley marked them as targets by the Union Army and in 1864, General Phillip Sheridan ordered that any Mill containing grain or forage. 35 Mills would be destroyed in “The Burning”, including Bowman Mill. Today, Silver Lake Mill stands in its place.



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2328 Silver Lake Road
Dayton, VA 22821