Near Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Sheridan Renews The Attack
“You haven’t begun to fight yet!”
— The Third Battle of Winchester (September 19, 1864) —
Union Gen. William Emory's 19th Corps suffered heavy losses in the early combat on September 19, 1864, but Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan was not done fighting.
When Sheridan arrived on the scene, Emory explained the dire situation, exclaiming, "My dead are everywhere." Sheridan retorted, "You haven't begun to fight yet! I've got Crook here with 10,000 men, and I am going to throw them in and whip these fellows." Sheridan rhen galloped to the rear through the First Woods to await the arrival Gen. George Crook and his Army of West Virginia. Sheridan instructed Crook to put his men into position on the right and rear of Emory's Corps.
At 2:30 pm, Crook rode through the woods to the front line, which at that time rested at the western edge of the First Woods some 800 feet to your right. After conferring with officers of the 19th Corps, Crook scanned the battlefield and rode over to Red Bud Run. There he found an officer from the 29th Maine perched high in a tree, keeping a wary eye on the Confederates. After the officer confirmed that this was the extreme right of the Union battle
He ordered Col. Joseph Thoburn's division to advance to this area to relieve Gen. George Beal's brigade on Emory's right flank. He then personally led Col. Isaac Duval's division to the north bank of Red Bud Run, splashing across the waterway and conducting a flanking march around the Confederate left. Crook's initiative would prove to be the key move that broke the deadlock on the battlefield.
"General Crook, having formed his men, rode along the lines and was received with most vociferous cheering."
- New York Herald, September 21, 1864
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. A significant historical date for this entry is September 19, 1864.
Location. 39° 12.142′ N, 78° 7.606′ 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. Located 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 The Third Battle of Winchester (a few steps from this marker); Fury On The Fence Line (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (about 700 feet away); Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ten Thousand Devils (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Murderous Fire (approx. ¼ mile away); Life on the Huntsberry Farm (approx. 0.3 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 2, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on November 6, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.