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

The Summers & Koontz Executions

"Try to meet me in Heaven"

 
 
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By Robert H. Moore, II, July 17, 2016
1. The Summers & Koontz Executions Marker
Inscription.  On May 22, 1865, former Confederate Captain George W. Summers, Sgt. Isaac Newton Koontz, Pvt. Jacob Daniel Koontz, and Pvt. Andrew Jackson Kite (all from the 7th Virginia Cavalry) set out from their Page County homes to obtain their paroles. Near Narrow Passage, they encountered a small party of Union cavalrymen. In the ensuing altercation, the four men drew revolvers and seized the Federals' horses and other property. Immediately remorseful, and at Summers' father's insistence, they returned the horses and other items to the 192nd Ohio Infantry camp here at Rude's Hill. The commander, Col. Francis Butterfield, promised them no harm.

Almost a month later, on June 26, Lt. Col. Cyrus Hussey, commanding the Ohio regiment in Butterfield's absence, ordered their arrest and execution despite the promise. Hussey may have acted on accusations against them by local Unionist William Tharp. Kite and Jacob Koontz evaded arrest, but Summers and Isaac Koontz were shot here, at 7:30 P.M. on June 27. Before being shot, 22-year-old Summers wrote his parents, "Very much to my surprise, we must soon leave this world." Koontz, who was 20 years old, wrote
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By Robert H. Moore, II, July 17, 2016
2. The Summers & Koontz Executions Marker
his fiancée, Emma Shuler, "Oh, Emma, dearest in the world to me, how can I leave you. ...Try to meet me in heaven where I hope to go."

It is not clear whether the men were executed for their actions on May 22, or whether they were victims of rumors Tharp spread in retaliation for his mistreatment as a Southern Unionist. (sidebar)
The marble monument commemorating Summers and Koontz was erected here in 1893 to replace a wooden post that marked the execution site.
 
Erected 2016 by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
 
Location. 38° 41.568′ N, 78° 38.999′ W. Marker is in New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) and Monument Lane (Virginia Route 828), on the left when traveling north on Old Valley Pike. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Market VA 22844, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. DuPont at Rude’s Hill (here, next to this marker); Post-Appomattox Tragedy (here, next to this marker); Rude’s Hill Action (approx. 0.7 miles away); Rude’s Hill
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(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 Rude’s Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2017, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2017, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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