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Kernstown in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pettus Cousins in the Battle of First Kernstown

 
 
Pettus Cousins in the Battle of First Kernstown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
1. Pettus Cousins in the Battle of First Kernstown Marker
Inscription.  
On May 2, 1861, after hearing that their home state of Virginia had seceded from the Union, John Hudson Petus, his younger cousin John Overton Pettus, and four other cousins from the Eubank family enlisted in the Keysville Guards as privates for one year under the command of Captain Armistead W. Bailey. They were part of a group of 112 volunteers that joined the Confederate Army that day.

John Hudson Pettus was born on March 29, 1841, in Charlotte County, Virginia. he was assigned to Company K of the 23rd Virginia Regiment. He and his cousin John Overton Pettus engaged in the same military campaigns, including the Battle of First Kernstown. After his one-year enlistment expired, he was transferred to the 14th Virginia Cavalry under Colonel McCausland.

John Overton Pettus was born November 12, 1847 near Keysville, Charlotte County, Virginia and was 14 when he joined the Confederate Army. Assigned to the 23rd Virginia Regiment as part of Colonel Samuel V. Fulkerson's brigade, John and his five cousins participated in the assault on Pritchard's Hill.

Near this spot, John Overton Pettus and his cousin Phillip
Pettus Cousins in the Battle of First Kernstown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
2. Pettus Cousins in the Battle of First Kernstown Marker
G. Eubank were killed in action by a Union artillery shell on March 23, 1862 during that assault.

His cousin James Francis Eubank was captured during the Confederate retreat at the conclusion of the First Battle of Kernstown.
 
Erected by Shenandoah At War; Kernstown Battlefield Association.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 8.601′ N, 78° 11.978′ W. Marker is in Kernstown, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is on Battle Park Drive 0.6 miles west of Saratoga Drive, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Battle of Kernstown (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The First Battle of Kernstown (about 700 feet away); The Second Battle of Kernstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Pritchard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Second Battle of Kernstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The First Battle of Kernstown (approx. ¼ mile away); Second Battle of Winchester (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named The Second Battle of Kernstown (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kernstown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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