Published on February 18, 2016

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Civil War trails signage on Jackson’s use of Massanutten mountain to shield his army’s movements northward, crossing through New Market gap and across the Shenandoah River at this point.

Following the Battle of Front Royal which had been been a success for General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and his Army of the Valley, an alarmed President Lincoln ordered a two pronged Federal advance at Strasburg to cut off Jackson’s line of withdraw south.  With the two Federal bodies converging fast on his position, Jackson ordered the burning of the White House and Columbia bridges.  The White House bridge was burned only one hour before Union General James Shields advance guard reached the bridge itself, due to these actions, Shields was delayed some three hours.

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