Near New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1999 by the Department of Historic Resources; funded privately by Mr. D. Coiner Rosen. (Marker Number A-69.)
Location. 38° 41.567′ N, 78° 39′ W. Marker is near New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) south of Smith Creek Road (Local Route 620), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. DuPont at Rude’s Hill (here, next to this marker); Rude’s Hill Action Rude’s Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cavalry Engagement (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Rude's Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Rude’s Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge (approx. 1.7 miles away); a different marker also named Meem's Bottom Covered Bridge (approx. 2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Market.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers detailing this incident.
Also see . . .
1. A Matter of Injustice: The Summers-Koontz Incident. 1992 Blue and Gray magazine article by Robert H. Moore, II. (Submitted on January 29, 2007.)
2. Tragedy in the Shenandoah Valley: The Story of the Summers-Koontz Execution. Book by Robert H. Moore, II on Amazon.com. Publisher’s Description:
“ ‘Try to meet me in Heaven where I hope to go.’
“These poignant words were written in the summer of 1865 by twenty-year-old Confederate Sergeant Isaac Newton Koontz, in a letter he penned for his fiancee just hours before his death at the hands of Union firing squad in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The execution of Koontz and Captain George Summers came after the surrender at Appomattox Court House, and remains one of the most tragic
“One month prior to kneeling on the hard ground to face their deaths, Koontz and Summers, along with four other Confederate soldiers, stole horses from a Union troop stationed near their home. Soon after the theft, the young men—remorseful and goaded by their fathers to uphold their honor—returned the horses and were offered a pardon by Union Colonel Francis Butterfield. The rebs returned home, free of mind and clean of conscious. All had been forgiven. Or so they thought.
“As the sun crept over the horizon on June 27, 1865, Union soldiers—under new command—swarmed the family homes of Summers and Koontz in a swift raid and arrested the two bewildered men. They were told that their pardons were no longer valid, and later that same day they were tied to a stake and shot with Union muskets—no trial, no judge, no jury.
“Before their deaths, Summers and Koontz were allowed to write farewell letters to their loved ones, and these heartrending documents serve as the basis for Robert Moore’s insightful recounting of the Summers-Koontz execution. An experienced Civil War writer and a direct descendent of Koontz’s fiancee, Moore brings this shocking story to life with a clarity that will appeal to Civil War experts and enthusiasts alike. Exhaustively researched and (Submitted on January 29, 2007.)
3. Avenue of Armies: Civil War Sites and Stories of Luray and Page County, Virginia. (Submitted on March 20, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia.)
1. Inscriptions on the Summers and Koontz Monument
[East -side toward the road]:
Sergt. Newton Koontz.
Company D. 7th Virginia Cavalry.
were here executed on
June27. 1865. By order of
Lt. Cal. Huzzy. 192d 0. V. M. I.
they having been arrested at their
homes in Page Co., brought here. and shot.
[West side is blank]:
Erected in 1893 by friends under the supervision of Capt. T. J. Adams
In November of 2008 the site was restored and is now open to the public. Capt. Jack Adams Camp No. 1951 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Edinburg VA
— Submitted January 5, 2009, by George Rogers of Basye, Virginia.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,170 times since then and 86 times this year. Last updated on , by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on , by George Rogers of Basye, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.