“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

3rd Battle of Winchester

September 19, 1864

The Third Battle of Winchester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud
1. The Third Battle of Winchester Marker
Inscription. In the late summer of 1864 General Philip H. Sheridan with 41,000 Federals was ordered to take the vital Shenandoah Valley.Opposing this force was a Confederate army of 18,000 under General Jubal A. Early stationed north and east of Winchester. On September 19, Sheridan moved on Winchester from the east employing Generals H.G.Wright's and W.H. Emery's Corps. The Confederates under Generals R.E. Rodes and J.B. Gordon counterattacked but were driven back by overwhelming numbers. Sheridan the sent General G.Crook's Corps to to turn the Confederate left. At the same time Crook was attacking the flank, two Federal cavalry divisions of Generals W.W.Averell W.Merritt drove General Fitz Lee's cavalrymen down Martinsburg Turnpike (U.S.11). Early ordered Winchester evacuated and retreated south towards Strasburg.
Erected 1964 by Virginia Civil War Commission.
Location. 39° 12.051′ N, 78° 9.339′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Martinsburg Pike (U.S. 11) and Brooke Road (Route 1322), on the right when traveling south on Martinsburg Pike. 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 walking distance of this
Battle map image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud
2. Battle map
marker. 2nd Battle of Winchester (here, next to this marker); Fort Collier (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Collier (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Washington in Winchester (about 300 feet away); Lt. Collierís Earthworks (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Collier (about 700 feet away); Third Battle of Winchester (about 800 feet away); The Cavalry Charge at Fort Collier (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
More about this marker. Next to this marker is a separate map detailing the actions outlined in the text. On the reverse is a map detailing the 2nd Battle of Winchester.
Regarding 3rd Battle of Winchester. One of several markers erected by the Civil War Commission as part of the “Circle Tour” of the Shenandoah Valley. The 2nd Winchester Marker in this series is actually on the reverse side of this one.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Third Winchester Battle Sites Virtual Tour by Markers
Also see . . .  Third Battle of Winchester or Opequon. National Park Service summary of the battle.
3rd Battle of Winchester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 15, 2008
3. 3rd Battle of Winchester Marker
(Submitted on January 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on . This page has been viewed 1,583 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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