Who Saved Dayton?

150 Years Ago, Revenge For A Federal Soldier’s Death Threatened The Town

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Posted: August 9, 2014

A plaque at the foot of the hill about a half-mile north of Dayton on Meigs Road marks where Lt. John R. Meigs, a West Point graduate and aide to U.S. Gen. Philip Sheridan, fell after being shot during a skirmish with a Confederate patrol on Oct. 3, 1864. A plaque dedicated to Lt. Col. Thomas Wildes of the 116th Ohio Volunteer Company at the corner of Mill and Main streets in Dayton commemorates the young federal officer’s plea to Sheridan to save the town from destruction in retaliation for Meigs’ death. (Photo by Megan Applegate / DN-R)

DAYTON — It’s been 150 years since the flames of the 1864 burning of the Shenandoah Valley destroyed infrastructure vital to the survival of the region’s citizenry and the Confederate Army.


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