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

Bloody Repulse

"Close enough to feel the flame of the powder"

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

 
 
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Photographed By Craig Doda, July 23, 2022
1. Bloody Repulse Marker
Inscription.  Time: Late Morning
The field behind you was a wooded lot known as the Second Woods. When Sheridan attacked at 11:40 am, his front line drove the opposing Confederates through those woods.

On the high ground immediately west of the interstate, about 1,000 yards behind you, sat eleven cannon from Maj. Carter Braxton's battalion of Confederate artillery.

The Union battle line descended into the hollow in front of you and then charged up the open hill beyond where they were greeted by a lethal blast of canister from Braxton's guns.

Col. Thomas H. Carter, chief of the Confederate artillery, recalled the scene: "Carter Braxton suggested that the be double shotted with canister to which I assented, and each of us rode down the line giving the order. The situation was critical and stirring as could be conceived. General Early considered our capture certain, and properly enough galloped off to save himself. With a steadiness and courage which knew no faltering, the men stood to their posts. The lieutenants sat on their horses like equestrian statues, save that they drew their pistols for close quarter
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combat.... The guns fired at last as one when the front line of the enemy was almost close enough to feel the flame of the powder. For a moment, the smoke hid all from view; when it cleared away we had the joy to see 'their banners rent, their columns riven' and a field of flying disorganized men scudding to the woods."

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Post-battle sketch of the position of Braxton's Battery. Sketch by James Taylor. Courtesy Western Reserve Historical Sociaety

Col. Thomas H. Carter
 
Erected by Millbrook High School Cross Country Team.
 
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° 11.995′ N, 78° 7.811′ W. Marker is in 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 0.9 miles south of the parking lot on the Third Battle of Winchester Trail south of Redbud Run. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 541 Redbud Rd, 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. Breaking the Deadlock (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Counterattack! (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major General Robert Emmett Rodes
Bloody Repulse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 23, 2022
2. Bloody Repulse Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hackwood And Patton (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cost of Battle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fury On The Fence Line (approx. ¼ mile away); Sheridan Renews The Attack (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
Also see . . .  The Third Battle of Winchester. Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation (Submitted on August 18, 2022.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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