Governor Wolf today (June 17) signed into law Senate Bill 1153, a bill introduced by Senator Elder Vogel designating the section of State Routes 108 and 551 in Lawrence County from the intersection of State Route 108 and Old Hickory Road at the Battery B Monument to State Route 551 ending at the railroad tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad in Enon Valley as the “Battery B Memorial Highway.”
“I am pleased that the Governor signed into law this measure that honors the local residents who helped play an important role during the American Civil War,” Senator Vogel said. I want to also thank the Enon Valley Community Historical Society for bringing this issue and gallant history of Battery B to my attention.”
On the morning of June 8, 1961, the Mount Jackson Guards of Mount Jackson, Lawrence County, gathered at the Mount Jackson Methodist Episcopal Church on present-day State Route 108 to bid goodbye to their loved ones before going off to fight in the Civil War. This group of more than 80 young men started off on foot for the nine-mile journey to the railroad station in Enon, traveling on present-day State Routes 108 and 551, being hailed by local supporters as they began their journey.
The Mount Jackson Guards, later designated Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, fought with distinction in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.