Civil War Trails sign on Jackson and his advance to Front Royal.
On May 23, 1862, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson briefly paused here in route to the Town of Front Royal. Aware of the main roads leading into the town, Jackson sought a more concealed path to keep the Union army in Strasburg unaware of his presence in this area of the Valley. Jackson noticed the leader of the Asbury Chapel and was informed that a Warren County native was in his ranks and new the territory like a book. Jackson spoke to the soldier and was informed of a passage way that did not include the main Front Royal – Luray turnpike. The road, just south of the Church led to Gooney Manor Road, today’s Browntown Road and then on to Front Royal. With less visibility and better ground for deployment, Jackson was able to soundly defeat his enemies at the Battle of Front Royal.
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