To the north stood Rocky Dell, the home of Samuel Tynes. In July 1863, during the Civil War, Union Col. John T. Toland led a cavalry expedition from West Virginia to destroy the Virginia & Tennessee R.R. at Wytheville. The Federals camped nearby on 17 July, and when Tynes discovered their objective he sent his twenty-six-year-old daughter Mary (Molly) Elizabeth Tynes to alert the town's defenders. She rode all night, a distance of some forty miles. Confederate reinforcements arrived in time to stiffen resistance, and the Federals inflicted little damage; Toland himself was killed in the fight.
Geographic Location: Tazewell County
Physical Description of Location: Virginia 61, about 1.9 miles east of intersection with US 460 Business, Tazewell, VA 24651. Marker is on right when traveling east on Virginia 61.
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