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Near New Hope in Augusta County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Piedmont

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, October 6, 2017
1. Battle of Piedmont Marker
Inscription.  On 5 June 1864, Confederate Brig. Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones deployed his 5,600-man force to stop Union Maj. Gen. David Hunter’s advance on Staunton. The main battle line formed just south of here. Jones repulsed two assaults by Hunter. Jones then maneuvered to counterattack, but created a fatal gap in his lines. Union officers spotted the opportunity, and Col. Joseph Thoburn led an attack that killed Jones and routed the Confederates. The combat resulted in 800 Union and 1,500 Confederate casualties, making it one of the bloodiest battles fought in the Shenandoah Valley. Hunter captured Staunton, damaging the Virginia Central Railroad and destroying many shops and warehouses in town.
 
Erected 2013 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-111.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 13.303′ N, 78° 53.711′ W. Marker is near New Hope, Virginia, in Augusta County. Marker is on Battlefield Road (County Route 608) just south
Battle of Piedmont Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 6, 2017
2. Battle of Piedmont Marker
This view is to the north, towards Mount Meridian.
of Piedmont Road, on the right when traveling south. It is at the private gravel road to a farm. It is closer to New Hope than to Grottoes, but Grottoes is the post office for this location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grottoes VA 24441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piedmont Battlefield (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Piedmont (approx. 1½ miles away); Future Farmers of America (approx. 3.7 miles away); George Caleb Bingham (approx. 4.4 miles away); Augusta Stone Church (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Rev. John Craig (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Augusta Stone Church (approx. 4½ miles away); Augusta Military Academy (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Hope.
 
More about this marker. Marker has been placed close to the location of the former town of Piedmont.
 
Regarding Battle of Piedmont. Mount Meridian is a little over 4 miles north of the marker on Battlefield Road.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia Entry. “The Confederates then fell back slowly [from Mount Meridian] toward the village of Piedmont. Imboden expected to join forces with General Jones at Mowry’s Hill but was surprised to find him at Piedmont. The two commanders debated the situation, and then Jones (who out-ranked Imboden) decided to stand and fight.” (Submitted on October 7, 2017.) 
 
Battle of Piedmont Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, October 6, 2017
3. Battle of Piedmont Marker
This view is to the east.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2017. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on August 30, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on October 8, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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