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Near McDowell in Highland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Battle of McDowell

Union Troops Attack Jackson

 
 
The Battle of McDowell Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, February 27, 2009
1. The Battle of McDowell Marker
Inscription. Major General Edward Johnson commanded the Confederates on the crest overlooking the town of McDowell. Johnson spread his line along the hilltop, anchoring his right flank on the knoll to your right. Stonewall Jackson remained in the valley below, directing troops to Johnson’s aid. The Union commanders, Brigadier Generals Robert S. Schenk and Robert H. Milroy, feared the Confederates would haul cannon to the crest and bombard their positions. On the afternoon of May 8, 1862, Milroy attacked the Confederates here but was repulsed. The battle continued into the night. When Johnson was wounded, Brigadier General William B. Taliaferro assumed command of the Confederates on top of the hill.

“We were posted along the crest of this hill… We are within full range and their bullets whistle about us… We return the fire. More of the enemy now make their appearance from the valley below and they seem resolved to drive us from the hill. A batter opens on us from a hill near the village, but our [position] is so high that the balls pass over us without doing much harm.”
Charles C. Wight, 58th Virginia
 
Erected by Civil War Preservation Trust & Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
 
Location. 38° 19.39′ N, 79° 
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2. Civil War Preservation Trust
28.478′ W. Marker is near McDowell, Virginia, in Highland County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 250, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the Civil War Preservation's Trust McDowell Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Dowell VA 24458, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Battle of McDowell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Battle of McDowell (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of McDowell (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of McDowell (approx. half a mile away); Commemorating The Battle Of McDowell (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of McDowell (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of McDowell (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of McDowell (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in McDowell.
 
More about this marker. On the upper left is a sketch depicting the infantry line during the battle. In the lower center is a portrait of Union commander Brigadier General Robert H. Milroy. To the right is a map depicting the unit positions at this stage of the battle.
 
Related markers.
The Battle of McDowell Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Robert H. Moore, II, February 27, 2009
3. The Battle of McDowell Marker
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
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