Civil War history etched into church

 In this quiet Accomack County community, it’s hard to believe the location was once so important during the Civil War that Union troops were stationed down the road from a landmark store where locals now shop for groceries and sandwiches.

The war might be history, but an unusual calling card remains from the days when Yankee troops called the place home. At St. George’s Episcopal Church — the oldest colonial church in the county, having been built in 1738 — members of the congregation routinely pass by the names, initials and dates that Union troops carved into the bricks on both sides of the main entrance to the church.

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