Sister Caroline
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 39.487 W 078° 13.566
17S E 741369 N 4282490
Quick Description: Caroline Terry was born a slave and witnessed Union and Confederate encampments in Sperryville, VA during the Civil War. After her emancipation, she remained in the area and helped establish a church.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 2/21/2012 7:34:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMDT79
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:
Caroline Terry, known as Sister Caroline, was born a slave and spent most of her life in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Her owner moved from Culpeper to Woodville and right before the outbreak of the Civil War, to Sperryville where he bought a hotel.

During the summer of 1862, Union troops set up encampments in the fields surrounding Sperryville. The next summer, Confederate Gen. R. E. Lee's army camped here before and after the campaign in Gettysburg, PA.

Sister Caroline collected many war relics including a pistol and binoculars she took off a dead Union soldier she helped bury. The story goes this soldier had threatened to shoot her earlier when she laughed at him after he fell into a pond. These 'souvenirs' still remain in the family today.

After Caroline's emancipation in the spring of 1965, she remained in the area. She eventually married and moved into her own house where she lived to be 108. Caroline Terry is buried in a cemeteryClick for related waymark to open in new window not far from the CWDT marker.


Type of site: Other

12018 Lee Highway
Sperryville, VA USA

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