St. John's Lutheran Church - Wytheville, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member UberHOKIE
N 36° 57.687 W 081° 06.059
17S E 491010 N 4090600
Quick Description: The St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery marker is one of several in the Wytheville area relating to the railroad and salt works raid undertaken by Union Col. John T. Toland in July 1863. On July 21, Toland and several of his men were killed in fighting in Wytheville. Supposedly Toland and another dead officer were buried in the Catholic cemetery, while the remaining Federal soldiers were buried at St. John's.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 4/25/2008 8:36:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM3NN0
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 65

Long Description:
Battle of Wytheville – A series of five Civil War Trails interpretive signs describes the action on July 18, 1863, as a Federal raiding party marched to the Wytheville area intending to destroy the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad tracks and bridges. In addition, the force planned to destroy telegraph lines and the salt and lead mines nearby. After some skirmishing and confusion on the advance, Union Col. John Toland ordered his men into Wytheville. Hastily organized Confederate resistance succeeded in killing Toland in the street and limiting the damage to the railroad track and stock. The raid did not succeed in its mission as the track was quickly repaired.
Landmarks of the battle and its aftermath are noted in the Trails tour. The tour begins near the intersection of I-77 and I-81 on State Route 52 at Route 680.

Type of site: Cemetery

Forest Street
From I-81, Exit 70, 0.2 miles north of exit on Route 52.
Wytheville , Va USA

Admission Charged: No Charge

Driving Directions:
From I-81, Exit 70, 0.2 miles north of exit on Route 52.

Phone Number: Not listed

Website: Not listed

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