“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Bushong Farm

Caught in the Crossfire

The Bushong Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. The Bushong Farm Marker
Inscription. On June 22, 1791, Henry Bushong patented a 260-acre tract in Shenandoah County that would be home for several generations of his descendants. Henry’s son, Jacob married Sarah Strickler in 1818. They took up residence in a four-room log house and began a family that would grow to include four boys and two girls.

In 1825 Jacob Bushong built this vernacular Federal-style home. An 1852 expansion added double porches attached on the north end to provide extra room for the growing family. The Bushongs raised wheat, oats, cattle, hogs, and horses. Wheelwright and blacksmith shops provided farm implements for the Bushongs and other area families. The family worked alongside three African American slaves on the property—an unmarried man, a woman named Mary, and a young boy, Israel.

On May 15, 1864 seven family members took refuge in their sturdy cellar as the Battle of New Market raged across their farm. Peering through the windows, they saw VMI cadets pass on the east and west sides of the house as they marched to join the Confederate battle line. After the battle the house and barn, like most buildings in and around New Market, served as a hospital..

(Sidebar):George R. Collins
In the early 1940s the Bushong family sold the farm to Mr. and Mrs. Everette Croxton, who in turn sold it in 1944 to George
Marker at the Bushong Farmstead Main House image. Click for full size.
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2. Marker at the Bushong Farmstead Main House
Randall Collins, VMI Class of 1911. At his death in 1964, Mr. Collins bequeathed the Bushong Farm and a $3 million operating endowment to VMI “to be used as a trust to perpetuate and maintain as a Memorial of the Battle of New Market.”
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
Location. 38° 39.792′ N, 78° 40.086′ W. Marker is in New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker can be reached from George Collin Parkway (County Route 305), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. Take Exit 264 off I-81 onto Rt. 211 West. Take immediate right onto Rt. 305 (George Collins Parkway). Continue one mile until you see the circular, distinctive Hall of Valor. A staff member will share park and ticketing information. Marker is in this post office area: New Market VA 22844, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Good-bye, Lieutenant, I am killed.” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Rustic Pile (about 400 feet away); Baptism of Fire (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Market Battlefield Park
Bushong Farm and Outbuildings image. Click for full size.
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3. Bushong Farm and Outbuildings
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Died on the Field of Honor..." (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heroism in Defeat (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of New Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of New Market (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Market.
More about this marker. On the upper left the marker features a painting of the cadets advance through the Bushong Farm captioned, The Lions of the Hour, by Keith Rocco. Inside the sidebar of the marker on the right is a portrait of George R. Collins. The marker also has three additional photos captioned, Sarah Bushong, ca. 1880, Bushong Farm, ca. 1880, and Bushong Family, 1899.
Also see . . .  Battle of New Market, Virginia. Additional photos from (Submitted on November 1, 2008.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Military Hospital image. Click for full size.
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4. Military Hospital
A hospital was set up here for two weeks following the battle.
Hospital Display image. Click for full size.
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5. Hospital Display
First floor room
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