Slate Mills
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 32.848 W 078° 13.536
17S E 741784 N 4270209
Quick Description: Slate Mills in Rappahannock County, VA was used by both the Union and Confederate armies for reconnaissance. The road was used by troops retreating from Gettysburg and by Confederate soldiers headed to Bristoe Station.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 3/25/2013 6:54:53 PM
Waymark Code: WMGNWB
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 2

Long Description:
Both Federal and Confederate troops used Slate Mills Rd. in Rappahannock County, Virginia during the war years. The road, screened by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, was utilized for moving troops and supplies between Sperryville, Madison, Slate Mills, and Culpeper.

In the summer of 1862, when the Union army occupied the area, Col. Gustave Cluseret's cavalry patrolled the area confiscating supplies and property from the farmers and encouraging slaves to run away from their owners.

Several Confederate divisions retreated down this route after their defeat at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863, including the troops of Gen. Richard Ewell, Gen. Edward Johnson, and Gen. Robert Rodes.

In the autumn of that same year, part of Confederate Gen. A. P. Hill's corps used the road enroute to the ill-fated Battle of Bristoe Station.

A CWT marker is located in the parking lot for the F.T. Baptist Church. The historical sign faces the old Fink's Store that soldiers passed by. Today, it is the Conyers House and operates as the oldest B&B in Rappahannock County.


Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

3143 Slate Mills Rd
Sperryville, VA USA

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From Madison: Go North on Rt. 231 about 13 miles. Turn right onto Slate Mills Road. Go 0.8 miles to church on the left. From Sperryville: Go South on 231 for 7.4 miles. Turn left onto Slate Mills Road. Go 0.8 miles to church on the left. From Culpeper: Go North on Rt. 522 (Sperryville Pike) 8.9 miles. Turn left onto Slate Mills Road. Go 6.5 miles to church on the right.

Phone Number: Not listed

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