Civil War Trails sign on the crossings importance in 1864 and the nearby mill and residence.
When General Ulysses S. Grant came east to take command of all U.S. Forces in 1864, he ordered General Franz Sigel to seize the Shenandoah Valley. On May 9, 1864, with Sigel on the move, Confederates burned the bridge at this location to slow his advance. Sigel would be defeated a few days later at New Market, Virginia. He would eventually be replaced by Philip Sheridan and in October 1864, Confederate pickets attacked him at this location and the Battle of Cedar Creek began.
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