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

May 15, 1864

[The Battle of New Market]

 
 
May 15, 1864 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 17, 2020
1. May 15, 1864 Marker
Inscription.  The Battle of New Market began here at 2:00 p.m. when 4,500 Confederates, under the command of Generals John C. Breckinridge and Gabriel C. Wharton, attacked 6,000 Federal troops who had established this hill as their first defensie position. Fully 90% of the day's casualties were sustained here, with the Confederates outmaneuvering and outfighting General Franz Sigel's Union troops on all fronts. By 2:45 p.m., Sigel was compelled to retreat to a second defensive position one mile north of here. In hot pursuit, Breckinridge drove him to yet a third defensive position at Rude's Hill, then forced him to flee across the Shenandoah River. The battle, which saw 149 men killed, 994 wounded, and 228 missing, marked the last Confederate victory in the Shenandoah Valley.
 
Erected 1990 by John M. Bracken.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 38° 39.174′ N, 78° 40.45′ W. Marker is in New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Memorial is on George Collins Parkway (Virginia Route 305)
May 15, 1864 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 17, 2020
2. May 15, 1864 Marker
half a mile north of West Old Cross Road (U.S. 211), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9500 George R Collins Dr, 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 May 15, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named May 15, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named May 15, 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named May 15, 1864 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named May 15, 1864 (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named May 15, 1864 (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named May 15, 1864 (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named May 15, 1864 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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