Published on February 22, 2016

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Civil War Trails sign that describes the 1864 military actions of the dramatic effects of the war on the town-now known as Stephens City-and its residents.

As the Federal Army attempted to take control of the Valley in 1864, its lines of supply became susceptible to attack.  On May 24, 1864, General David Hunter ordered three houses in Newtown (present day Stephens City) to be burned down due to shots being fired at a wagon train the night before.  Following several more attacks on the Union wagon trains, and the execution of a Federal prisoner in Newtown, Hunter ordered that every house in town be burned.  Following most citizens decision to swear an oath of allegiance to the United States in hopes of saving their homes, the town was spared.

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US 11 South of Stephens City
US 11
Stephens City, VA 22655