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

“Shrapnel Rained On Us”

The Union Attack Across Redbud Run

 

— The Third Battle of Winchester (September 19, 1864) —

 
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By Bradley Owen, October 17, 2020
1. “Shrapnel Rained On Us” Marker
Inscription.  
Time: Mid-Afternoon

At 3 pm, Union Gen. George Crook advanced Col. Isaac Duval's division through the fields of the Huntsberry Farm on the north bank of Red Bud Run, which you can see directly across from you. On this side of the run, Union Col. Joseph Thoburn's division advanced to the western edge of the First Woods, then waited fop Duval's appearance.

"Suddenly [Duval's] men...dashed at the enemy... Taking up the cry, we joined in the charge."
-Col. William S. Lincoln, 34th Massachusetts, Thoburn's Division
(Nicholas P. Picerno Collection)

Duval's advance forced the remaining Confederate cavalrymen and horse artillery from the Huntsberry Farm. As the Federals approached, Confederate General John B. Gordon deployed part of his command to meet the threat. A Union officer later recalled, "Everything on the enemy's left was turned on us. Bullets, shot, shell, and shrapnel rained on us like hail." Duval's men weathered the storm and raced down the slope toward what they thought would be instant victory. Instead, they found themselves stopped cold by a swampy stretch of
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By Bradley Owen, October 17, 2020
2. “Shrapnel Rained On Us” Marker
Close up of map on the marker.
Red Bud Run, which they remembered as "the morass."

With Duval's attack stalled, Thoburn assaulted Gordon here on the south bank, forcing him to fight in two directions. "After moving about 300 yards through the open field," reported Thoburn, "the enemy's artillery and musketry opened very briskly upon my lines, but its effect was to increase the impetuosity of the command, and with deafening yells and cheers the men rushed forward and reached the wood to find the enemy breaking and running in confusion."

Duval's men struggled through the morass to join the attack. Union commander Gen. Philip H. Sheridan now ordered a general assault and threw the 6th Corps into the battle, setting the stage for Union victory at Winchester.

This sign made possible through funds donated by the Millbrook High School Cross Country Team
 
Erected 2020 by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 12.013′ N, 78° 7.183′ W. Marker is near Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Redbud Road (Virginia Route 661) 0.9 miles east of Martinsburg Pike (U.S. 11), on the right when traveling east. Marker is located
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By Bradley Owen, October 17, 2020
3. “Shrapnel Rained On Us” Marker
Redbud Run is out of view immediately in front of and below the marker. The fields of the Huntsberry Farm are seen in the distance.
along the Third Battle of Winchester Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 541 Redbud Road, Winchester VA 22603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ten Thousand Devils (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Middle Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.3 miles away); Life on the Huntsberry Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Murderous Fire (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
Also see . . .  The Third Battle of Winchester. Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District (Submitted on November 3, 2020.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on November 6, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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