Near New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Knoll of Refuge and Attack
— 1864 Valley Campaign —
Rude’s Hill was again the site of Confederate refuge during the days following their demoralizing and humiliating defeat at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill, September 22, 1864. Gen. Jubal Early deployed his Confederate infantry into line of battle along
On Oct. 3. 1864, the famous partisan ranger, Capt. John H. McNeill, led a command of approximately 50 men in a predawn attack against a Federal detachment guarding the Shenandoah River bridge. Mortally wounded in this attack, McNeill was carried by his comrades to “Locust Grove,” formerly the Rude home, where he was cared for until removed south to Harrisonburg where he died. During his stay at Locust Grove his disguised identity was uncovered by Gen. Philip Sheridan, now the Federal commander, who reported “McNeill was mortally wounded and fell into our hands. This was fortunate, as he was the most daring and dangerous of all the bushwackers in this section of the country.”
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 42.157′ N, 78° 38.922′ W. Marker is near New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is on Old Valley Pike (U.S. 11) south of Caverns Road at Exit 269 (Interstate 81), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Market VA 22844, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Rude’s Hill (here, next to this marker); Cavalry Engagement Rude's Hill (here, next to this marker); Rude’s Hill Action (a few steps from this marker); The Summers & Koontz Executions (approx. 0.7 miles away); DuPont at Rude’s Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Post-Appomattox Tragedy (approx. 0.7 miles away); Meem’s Bottom Covered Bridge (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of New Market, Va (May 15, 1864). by John D. Imboden, Brigadier-General, C.S.A. (Submitted on January 27, 2007.)
2. Sigel In The Shenandoah Valley In 1864. by Franz Sigel, Major-General, U.S.V. (Submitted on January 27, 2007.)
3. Cadets in the Fray. by Burke Davis (Submitted on January 27, 2007.)
4. Battle of New Market Books. List of books on the battle of New Market at Amazon.com. Some books on this list have the "look inside" feature. (Submitted on January 27, 2007.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,857 times since then and 79 times this year. Last updated on March 25, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3. submitted on December 6, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.