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  1. Staunton (/ ˈ s t æ n t ən / STAN-tən) is an independent city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia.As of the 2020 census, the population was 25,750. In Virginia, independent cities are separate jurisdictions from the counties that surround them, so the government offices of Augusta County are in Verona, which is contiguous to Staunton.

  2. The Virginia Central Railroad ran through the county, linking the Shenandoah Valley to the Confederate capital at Richmond. One of the bloodiest engagements fought in the Shenandoah Valley took place on June 5, 1864, at the Battle of Piedmont , a Union victory that allowed the Union Army to occupy Staunton and destroy many of the facilities that supported the Confederate war effort.