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Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Third Battle of Winchester
Thoburn's Attack
 
The Third Battle of Winchester Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 15, 2008
1. The Third Battle of Winchester Marker
 
Inscription. As the Nineteenth Corps tried to reorganize its lines, Union Col. Joseph Thoburn's division of the Eighth Army Corps came up from reserve and took position at the edge of the First Woods behind you. Union Gen. Philip Sheridan soon arrived and directed Thoburn to move forward as soon as the other division of the Eighth Corps (on the other side of Red Bud Run) was ready. About 3 p.m. "a mighty battle yell," from the other side of Red Bud Run announced the arrival of those troops and the entire Eighth Corps moved forward with elements of the Nineteenth Corps joining in. "For thirty minutes the battle that ensued was perfectly terrific," recalled one participant, "but then the forces in our front gave way, and in an instant we were over their works, and after them with yells and shouts of victory."
 
Erected 2008 by Civil War Preservation Trust.
 
Location. 39° 11.907′ N, 78° 7.533′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Redbud Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located at the Thoburn Attacks Wayside, along the Battle Trail, inside the CWPT Third Winchester Battlefield site. The closest access site is a trail head on the west side of the Frederick County School complex parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22603, United States of America.
 
Help Preserve 3rd Winchester image, Click for more information
2. Help Preserve 3rd Winchester
Details of CWPT efforts to save this battlefield.
Click for more information.
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (about 500 feet away); The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. mile away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. mile away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winchester.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a drawing captioned, Alfred Waud sketched this image of the Eighth Corps moving into position to attack Gordon's Division surrounding the Hackwood House. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congres.). In the center is a portrait of Colonel Joseph Thoburn, courtesy of USAMHI.) On the right is a battle map depicting the tactical situation described in the marker text, between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on September 19, 1864.
 
Also see . . .
 
Battle map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 15, 2008
3. Battle map
Note the north seeking arrow pointed to the right of the map, and the gold star indicating the marker location.
 

1. Summary of the Battle of Third Winchester. The action described on the marker is covered under phase 8 of this National Parks Service summary. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. CWPT Walking Tour of The Third Battle of Winchester. This marker is one along the walking trail around a portion of the Third Winchester Battlefield, preserved by the Civil War Preservation Trust. (Submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Thoburn Attacks Wayside Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 15, 2008
4. Thoburn Attacks Wayside
The large white building in the background is roughly northwest from the marker location. Hackwood stands in the same direction, but is just out of view below the ridge lines. Thoburn's attack was along that axis directed against the Confederate left.
 
 
Confederate View of Thoburn's Attack Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, March 15, 2008
5. Confederate View of Thoburn's Attack
From near the Confederate Defense wayside, looking back towards Thoburn's Attack marker.
 
 
Blank Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain
6. Blank Marker
A view of the wayside before the marker was placed.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,189 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on March 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on March 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6. submitted on October 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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