New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Jackson in New Market
Stonewall at the Strayer House
— 1862 Valley Campaign —
Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackon's unsuccessful attack on Union forces at Kernstown on March 23, 1862, alarmed Federal officials, who assigned additional troops to the Shenandoah Valley to guard against a Confederate assault on Washington, D.C. In May and June, Jackson's "foot cavalry" marched 350 miles; defeated three Union armies in engagements at McDowell (May 8), Front Royal (May 23), Winchester (May 25), Cross Keys (June 8), and Port Republic (June 9); inflicted twice the number of casualties it suffered; and tied down 60,000 Federal troops. The campaign made Jackson the Confederacy's foremost hero.
The Strayer House, built about 1808, was the home of John and Dorcas Strayer (a cousin of Abraham Lincoln) and the sire of Strayer's mercantile business. Located where the Valley Turnpike crossed the road from New Market Gap, the building was familiar sight to Confederate and Union soldiers alike.
On May 21, 1862, Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson watched from the building's stoop as his "foot cavalry" turned east toward New Market Gap to surprise the Federals at
While here, Jackson planned the final stages of the campaign and met the mapmaker Jedediah Hotchkiss to inquire about the terrain near Port Republic. Jackson also met with George Clark, and English reporter for the New York Herald who had been captured at Front Royal. Jackson agreed to free Clark but balked at returning Clark's horse, which he considered contraband of war. "He was told that he might take him if he could find him," Jackson aide Henry Kyde Douglas recalled. "But having his doubts about the prudence of roaming through [Turner] Ashby's camp in search of a horse [Clark] took his departure."
By the next day, Jackson was gone, racing south with the Federals close on his heels, headed for Port Republic.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
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. A significant historical date for this entry is May 21, 1862.
Location. 38° 38.864′ N, 78° 40.303′ W. Marker is in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9386 S Congress St, New Market VA 22844, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of General Robert E. Lee (a few steps from this marker); Gen. John Sevier (within shouting distance of this marker); The Henkel House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thomas Garland Jefferson (about 500 feet away); Replica of a 19th Century Town Pump (about 500 feet away); Site of New Market Academy and New Market Polytechnic Institute (about 600 feet away); Paul Henkel (about 800 feet away); The Old Home of William F. Rupp (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
Also see . . . Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. (Submitted on June 16, 2018, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2018, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. This page has been viewed 415 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2018, by Brandon Stahl of Fairfax, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.