In mid-June 1862, having defeated three Union armies in the Shenandoah Valley, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and his Valley Army joined Gen. Robert E. Lee to defend Richmond. Jackson and his men marched by here on 26 June to strike the flank of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's army near Mechanicsville. Because of Jackson's exhaustion and unfamiliarity with the roads, however, they arrived too late to fight. On 27 June, Jackson and the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia assaulted the Union right flank at Gaines's Mill, Lee's clearest victory in the Seven Days' Campaign.
Geographic Location: Hanover County
Physical Description of Location: Ashland, VA 23005. Located on South Washington Hwy (Hwy 1), 0.5 miles south of the intersection of South Washington Hwy (Hwy 1) and Thompson Street (Rt. 54). Marker is on the right when traveling south on South Washington Hwy (Hwy 1).
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