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Near New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

54th Pennsylvania Monument

 
 
54th Pennsylvania Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
1. 54th Pennsylvania Monument
Inscription. Erected to the memory of the heroic dead of the 54th Regiment, Pennsylvania Veterans Volunteer Infantry, who gave their lives in defence of their country. 1861–1865.

(brass tablet at base) At ceremonies conducted 16 September 1984, title to this monument was transferred from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the New Market Battlefield Park. The monument was originally dedicated on 25 October 1905 to the men of the 54th Pennsylvania Infantry. It now serves as a memorial to all who fought at the Battle of New Market on 15 May 1864.
 
Erected 1905.
 
Location. 38° 39.925′ N, 78° 39.717′ W. Marker is near New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Old Valley Turnpike (U.S. 11) north of New Market. Click for map. There is a pull-off on Route 11 and steps up to the marker. The statue can also be reached by footpath from the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park that uses a tunnel under Interstate 81 to reach the statue. 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. The Bloody Cedars (here, next to this marker); Battle of New Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different
54th Pennsylvania Monument Inscription image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
2. 54th Pennsylvania Monument Inscription
marker also named Battle of New Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heroism in Defeat (approx. mile away); a different marker also named The Battle of New Market (approx. mile away); This Rustic Pile (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Good-bye, Lieutenant, I am killed.” (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bushong Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New Market.
 
More about this marker. This marker marks the point the Confederates reached when pursuing the Federals from their start at Bushlong's orchard (see This Rustic Pile marker). They came under fire from Captain Henry A. DuPont's 5th US Artillery Battery.
 
Also see . . .  54th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. Movement and battle history of the regiment. (Submitted on September 26, 2006.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Vandalism
I visited this monument in 1990 as it was erected through the efforts of my Great Grandfather, David Ray Bryan, among others. David Ray Bryan was among the
Brass Plaque at Base image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
3. Brass Plaque at Base
soldiers of the Pennsylvania Volunteer of the 54th. I have a photo of the monument taken then that shows there was a marble cannonball at each of the four corners of the parapet upon which the soldier stands.

I asked the Museum director at the time if he could get me an estimate for restoring the cannonballs, though he didn't do so.

I am still interested in restoring this statue to its original condition.
    — Submitted July 25, 2014, by Bruce Burns of Columbus, Ohio.
 
The Monument as Seen from U.S. 11 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
4. The Monument as Seen from U.S. 11
54th Pennsylvania Statue image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
5. 54th Pennsylvania Statue
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,065 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on , by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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