Cross Keys in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Battle of Cross Keys
Slaughter of the 8th New York Infantry
— 1862 Valley Campaign —
As the Federals came within about 50 yards of here, the Confederates rose up and unleashed volley after volley into their ranks. The 8th New York suffered more than 250 casualties in the short span of 15 minutes. One Confederate soldier wrote home that as he looked over the ground in front of him he saw dead and wounded Federals “lying in the field
Erected 2003 by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails series list.
Location. 38° 20.995′ N, 78° 49.533′ W. Marker is in Cross Keys, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker can be reached from Port Republic Road (Route 659), on the right when traveling south. The marker cannot be seen from the road. From the Carrington Williams Interpretive Site (where there are three Virginia Civil War Trails markers), one has to walk across Port Republic Road, cross a fenceline, and walk approximatley 100 yards to reach the marker, which is located on the right hand side of the wire fence, behind a small section of split rail fencing. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Republic VA 24471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cross Keys Battlefield (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys Mill Creek Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of Cross Keys (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cross Keys.
More about this marker. On the lower left is a portrait of General Trimble. In the upper center is a photo of the 8th New York Infantry in camp early in the war. On the right is a map showing the tactical situation around noon of the day of the battle.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 17, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,657 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 17, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.