A mile south is the unmarked grave of Gaspar Tochman (1797-1880), a major in the Polish army who participated in the failed 1830 revolt against Russia. Exiled, in 1837 he immigrated to the United States, where he practiced law, wrote, and lectured. During the Civil War he recruited the Polish Brigade (14th and 15th Louisiana regiments) of Jackson's Corps. A colonel in the Confederate army, he sought unsuccessfully the rank of brigadier general. Tochman settled here in 1866 and served as the European agent for the Virginia Board of Immigration.
Geographic Location: Spotsylvania County
Physical Description of Location: 12296-12436 Orange Plank Road (County Road 621), about 3.2 miles west of intersection with Brock Road (County Road 613), Locust Grove, VA 22508. Marker is on left when traveling west on Orange Plank Road. There is no convenient or safe area near the marker to pull-over.
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