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

DuPont at Rudeís Hill

“I had to depend entirely upon myself ... ”

 

ó1864 Valley Campaign ó

 
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By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
1. Dupont at Rudeís Hill Marker
Inscription. Here Capt. Henry DuPont, commanding B Battery, 5th U.S. Artillery, protected Union Gen. Franz Sigelís defeated army as it retreated after the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864. Confederate Gen. John C. Breckinridge had routed Sigelís force that afternoon in an engagement made famous by the participation of 247 cadets from Virginia Military Institute. Arriving on the battlefield about two miles south of this location as the Federals began to withdraw, DuPont immediately deployed his six-gun battery to cover the infantry, placing his cannons across the Valley Turnpike (present-day U.S. Rte. 11). He positioned them in sections of two guns each, then “leap-frogged” each section north to cover the others as well as the army. DuPont shifted his battery several times, and his final combat position was north of the ridge above this site. He then moved the guns two miles farther north along the turnpike to Meems Bottom and burned the bridge across the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Without DuPontís artillery to cover the Federal retreat, Sigel would have suffered more casualties and endured a more disorganized withdrawal. Since Civil War commanders seldom planned for defeat, retreats often became disastrous routs. DuPontís bold leadership typified the seasoned veteran that both sides developed during the
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war. As DuPont himself later wrote, “I had to depend entirely upon myself and did not receive a single order, either directly or indirectly, from any military superior.”
 
Erected by Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 38° 41.567′ N, 78° 39′ W. Marker is near New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) south of Smith Creek Road (Local Route 620), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Summers & Koontz Executions (here, next to this marker); Post-Appomattox Tragedy (here, next to this marker); Rudeís Hill Action (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rudeís Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cavalry Engagement (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Rude's Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Rudeís Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Meemís Bottom Covered Bridge (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
 
Also see . . .
1. Henry A. Dupont
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By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
3. Dupont at Rudeís Hill Marker
Summers and Koontz Monument can be seen in the distance (see page for adjacent marker named "Post-Appomattox Tragedy").
. Three sentence biography and Civil War Officer's Photograph. (Submitted on January 28, 2007.) 

2. Capt. Henry DuPont. Undated article by Brian C. Brehm. (Submitted on January 28, 2007.) 

3. Henry Algernon DuPont, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor. (Submitted on January 28, 2007.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,285 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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