Published on February 23, 2016

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Civil War Trails sign that describes tragic events in the fall of 1864.

Plagued by Confederate partisan rangers, gorillas and bushwhackers, Union General Philip Sheridan issued orders to execute any person wearing civilian clothes and carrying a weapon.  While pursuing Jubal Early’s retreating Confederates after the Battle of Fisher’s Hill, Union cavalry under General George A. Custer captured a 39 year old man carrying a squirrel rifle near Woodstock.  Despite pleas from the townsfolk that the man was mentally handicapped, Custer took the man to Dayton, Virginia were he was executed.  Later in October, the Union forces returned and began to lay waste to the town as part of “The Burning” in the Shenandoah Valley.

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At the intersection of West Court Street and School Street
West Court Street
Woodstock, VA 22664