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New Hope in Augusta County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Piedmont
Final Action at New Hope
 
Battle of Piedmont Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft, March 9, 2008
1. Battle of Piedmont Marker
 
Inscription. The Battle of Piedmont, fought on June 5, 1864 between Union Gen. David Hunter and Confederate Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones. ended here. It began more than a mile northeast when the 12,000-man strong Federal army, whose mission was to scour the Shenandoah Valley of Confederates and then destroy the rail center at Charlottesville, encountered Jones's combined force of 6,000 infantry and cavalry. The third Union assault uphill against Jones's fortified line ended in Confederate disaster when Jones was killed while trying to rally his men during a Union flank attack.

The Southerners retreated across the Middle River to the west, as well as south behind you on the old East Road (present-day Rte. 608). Just north of you, where the road curves, the ground was forested in 1864. There Capt. John H. McClanahan's Confederate battery in a rear-guard action, deployed a two-gun section and cut down pursuing Federal cavalrymen as they charged four abreast on the narrow road. The Southerners regrouped at Fishersville, then marched east to the Blue Ridge and blocked the gaps, thereby compelling Hunter to change his targets to Lexington and Lynchburg.

New Hope became a hospital, and soldiers who died of their wounds were buried nearby. The Methodist church cemetery contains one marked Confederate grave, and the bloodstained wooden floor
 
Battle of Piedmont Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft, March 3, 2008
2. Battle of Piedmont Marker
 
in the original church still survives, covered by linoleum.

The Battle of Piedmont cost the Confederates some 1,600 casualties, and the Federals lost about 875. On June 6, the Confederate supply base at Staunton fell to Hunter's army. At Lexington on June 11, Hunter ordered the home of former Virginia war governor John Letcher and buildings of the Virginia Military Institute to be burned.

Hunter's spring campaign ended June 15-17 when he was defeated at the Battles of Lynchburg and Hanging Rock by Jubal Early and the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia.
 
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 12.056′ N, 78° 54.242′ W. Marker is in New Hope, Virginia, in Augusta County. Marker is on Battlefield Road (County Route 608), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. At the New Hope Community Center building just north of village of New Hope. Marker is in this post office area: Crimora VA 24431, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piedmont Battlefield (approx. 1.5 miles away); Augusta Military Academy (approx. 4.6 miles away); Willow Spout (approx. 4.6 miles away); Future Farmers of America (approx. 5.2 miles away); George Caleb Bingham (approx. 5.8 miles away); Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); Jarman's Gap (approx. 7 miles away); Birthplace of Woodrow Wilson (approx. 7.3 miles away).
 
New Hope Community Center Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft
3. New Hope Community Center
Location of marker
 

 
More about this marker. Picture on left side of marker shows Confederate artillery in action. On the right is a battlefield map showing the respective army locations. Portraits of Generals Hunter and Jones are next to the map.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Battle of Piedmont.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Piedmont. National Park Service summary of the battle. (Submitted on June 9, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Looking north from marker toward location of Confederate Battery Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft
4. Looking north from marker toward location of Confederate Battery
 
 
Looking south towards Confederate retreat route on old East Road Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft, March 9, 2008
5. Looking south towards Confederate retreat route on old East Road
 
 
Map Shown on the Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Linda Walcroft, March 9, 2008
6. Map Shown on the Marker
Portraits are of Generals Hunter and Jones
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,720 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 9, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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