Near Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Defense of the Stone Wall
The stone wall here at 1st Kernstown was originally waist-high. It was a farm fence, made of stones picked up from the farm fields full of limestone outcroppings common to the northern Shenandoah Valley. The wall began about 200 yards east of the Rose Hill farmhouse and ran east-west to the top of Sandy Ridge.
The first Southern regiment to arrive at this stone wall encountered the advancing Northern column of Colonel Erastus Tyler, marching in a long thin column from the nearby town of Winchester (to your left). The time was 3:55 p.m. The battle had started at 9:00 a.m. The sound of musketry brought other Southern units to the scene. Before long, all of Colonel Samuel Fulkerson's brigade, a little less than half of Colonel Jesse Burk's brigade, and most of the "Stonewall" brigade under the command of Brigadier General Richard B. Garnett gathered behind the
For about an hour Southern defenders held Tyler's Northern troops at bay. The noise of this static fight increased in volume and caused Jackson to comment a few days after the battle, "I do not recollect having ever heard such a roar of musketry."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 9.221′ N, 78° 12.967′ W. Marker was near Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker could be reached from Jones Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling north. Located at stop five of the walking tour of Rose Hill. See the link to the Museum of the Shenandoah for details about visiting Rose Hill. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 1985 Jones Road, Winchester VA 22602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The Order for Retreat (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Northern Victory, Southern Defeat (about 500 feet away); The Advance of Tyler’s Brigade (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Defense of the Stone Wall (about 700 feet away); Fight for the High GroundThe First Battle Of Kernstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rose Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); War In The Backyard (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a photograph of "The stone wall shown in this post-war image (c. 1885)" which "gave Southern troops a natural defense work from behind which to fight. The wall was largely removed in the first half of the 20th century."
In the upper center is a photograph of "Tourists or veterans leaning against the stone wall, 1885."
On the far right is a map of the tactical situation described on the marker.
Regarding The Defense of the Stone Wall. This is one of seven battlefield interpretive markers at Rose Hill. See the related markers section below for a listing of the walking tour, or the Kernstown Battles Virtual Tour by Markers in the links section for a driving tour.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. New Marker At This Location also titled "The Defense of the Stone Wall".
Also see . . . Battle of First Kernstown Summary. The action around Rose Hill is discussed in phase three of this National Parks Service battle summary. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2007. This page has been viewed 1,818 times since then and 160 times this year. Last updated on November 3, 2021. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 6. submitted on August 14, 2020, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.