“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Battle of New Market

May 15, 1864


— Shenandoah Valley Circle Tour —

Battle of New Market Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
1. Battle of New Market Marker
Inscription.  General U.S. Grant's plan to defeat the Confederacy in 1864, called for a raid by General G. Crook into southwestern Virginia. General F. Sigel, to keep the Confederates from concentrating against Crook, was to advance down Shenandoah Valley from the Harpers Ferry area. Skirmishing frequently with General J.D. Imboden's cavalrymen. Sigel's column reached New Market on May 14. During the night, Imboden was reinforced by General J.C. Breckinridge's command. On the 15th, after a furious artillery duel, Confederate infantry advanced from Shirley's Hill and rolled back Union skirmishers. A desperate struggle followed and Breckinridge's infantry drove Sigel's troops from the ridge south of Bushong House. The V.M.I. Cadets moved up from the reserve, and along with the 62nd Virginia, charged across a gulch, broke the Union line and captured several cannons. The rest of the Confederate infantry surged forward, and Sigel's troops were driven from the field.
Erected 1966 by Virginia Civil War Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil
Adjacent Tablet Showing a Map image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
2. Adjacent Tablet Showing a Map
. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list.
Location. 38° 39.739′ N, 78° 39.782′ W. Marker is near New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Old Valley Turnpike (U.S. 11) north of New Market, on the right when traveling south. 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 walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battle of New Market (here, next to this marker); 54th Pennsylvania Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); The Bloody Cedars (approx. ¼ mile away); “Good-bye, Lieutenant, I am killed.” (approx. ¼ mile away); This Rustic Pile (approx. ¼ mile away); The Bushong Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Heroism in Defeat (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of New Market (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
More about this marker. One of the series of Shenandoah Valley Circle Tour markers. There is a small gravel area where you can pull off the road to read these markers. Beyond the fence is the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, but to reach the park you need to go south to New Market and cross I-81 to the park entrance. The Interstate bisects the park. A pedestrian tunnel under the interstate leads you back to this side of the battlefield.
Also see . . .  The Battle of New Market. by Joseph W. A. Whitehorne, Center of Military History, United States Army, Washington, D.C., 1988 (Submitted on September 29, 2006.) 
This Marker and Map Plus Older Other Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 26, 2006
3. This Marker and Map Plus Older Other Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2006. This page has been viewed 1,887 times since then and 61 times this year. Last updated on August 21, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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