Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Battle of Winchester
Louisiana Tigers Capture West Fort
—Gettysburg Campaign —
West Fort, smallest of the three, is on the high ground to your distant front. On the morning of June 14, the 110th Ohio Infantry, one company of the 116th Ohio, and six guns of the 5th U.S. Artillery occupied West Fort. Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early, seeing that West Fort was vulnerable to attack from the west, marched three infantry brigades and Lt. Col. Hilary P. Jones’ 20-gun artillery battalion to the ridge on your right. He later reported that "the enemy were not keeping a lookout in my direction."
Jones divided his battalion to take West Fort in crossfire. Early chose Harry Hays’ Louisiana Brigade “Louisiana Tigers” for the infantry assault. When all was ready, Jones opened fire. Four Union guns were knocked out, and Hays' men charged. The Ohioans fought stubbornly,
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 12.898′ N, 78° 11.482′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Indian Hollow Road (Virginia Route 679) and North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522), on the right when traveling west on Indian Hollow Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lord Fairfax (approx. 1.4 miles away); Star Fort (approx. 1.5 miles away); a different marker also named Second Battle of Winchester (approx. 2 miles away); Glen Burnie (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Glen Burnie (approx. 2.1 miles away); Fort Collier (approx. 2.1 miles away); George Washington in Winchester (approx. 2.1 miles away); 2nd Battle of Winchester (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
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Also see . . .
1. Second Battle of Winchester. National Parks Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on September 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. General Milroy's Papers. After the disaster here, General Milroy was eventually forced to resign from the army. After moving to the west coast, Milroy eventually accepted a position as the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the State of Washington. Many of his papers are preserved by the Jasper County Public Library, Indiana. (Submitted on September 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. The Tiger Brigade. Formed early in the war and assigned to help defend Virginia, the brigade played a roll in all three battles of Winchester. The brigade played pivotal roles on other battles such as Antietam and Gettysburg. The name of Louisiana Tigers was carried forward to the modern day 256th Infantry Brigade of the Louisiana National Guard, which has seen service recently in Iraq and during Hurricane Katrina relief operations. (Submitted on September 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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