Published on February 18, 2016

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After shelling the town of Lexington, Union General David Hunter and his troops crossed the Maury River and quickly swept aside any Confederate resistence.

Union troops under the command of General David Hunter, numbering 18,000 crossed the Maury River on June 11, 1864.  After meeting slight resistance from Confederate skirmishers, Hunter and his men had a field day in the towm.  Plundering and looting for three days, along with the burning of VMI and the house of the Governor John Letcher.  Hunter also destroyed farms and storage facilities in the area before moving out on June 14, 1864.

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