“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

A Genuine Relic

A Genuine Relic Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2006
1. A Genuine Relic Marker
Inscription.  This very post was struck by a 3 inch rifle shell fired by Snow’s Maryland Battery in the Battle of New Market fought between General John C. Breckinridge and General Franz Sigel on the 15th of May 1864. When the shell struck, General Breckinridge was sitting on his horse in the middle of the Pike, about 5 yards from this post and was in the act of raising his field glass to make an observation of the enemy’s position, his staff being grouped a few yards in the rear. The battery that fired the shell was in position on top of the hill about 1200 yards distance north, and 150 yards east of the Valley Pike, now known as U.S. Route No. 11 (Lee Jackson Memorial Highway).

There were 221 cadets of the Virginia Military Institute in the infantry and 30 in a section of artillery engaged in the battle. Nine cadets were killed and forty-seven wounded. The battle resulted in a complete victory for the Confederate forces. The Federal forces fleeing down the valley in complete rout, crossed the North Fork of the Shenandoah River near Mt. Jackson, burned the bridge, and thus escaped further pursuit which ended the battle.

It is interesting
Marker and Post image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2006
2. Marker and Post
Black object half-way up the post is the shell. The Rupp House (see its marker) can be seen across the street. A tiny replica of a cannon has been affixed to the top of the marker.
to note that through the gap in the Massanutten Mountain, just to the east of New Market, the armies of General Stonewall Jackson passed back and forth three or four times during the Civil War of 1861–65.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 39.03′ N, 78° 40.212′ W. Marker is in New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker is at the intersection of Congress Street (U.S. 11) and Breckinridge Lane, on the right when traveling south on Congress Street. 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 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Home of William F. Rupp (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Garland Jefferson (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. John Sevier (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of General Robert E. Lee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jackson in New Market (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
More about this marker. Marker is close to the ground at the sidewalk, next to the white post, which is on the northwest corner of the intersection.
Regarding A Genuine Relic. While the post is the original post that stopped the shell, the shell in the post is a replica carved out of wood.
Also see . . .  Battle of New Market. Lecture presented before the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable written and researched By Paul Burig. (Submitted on September 29, 2006.)
Federal Shell Embedded in Post image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 29, 2006
3. Federal Shell Embedded in Post
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 29, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,899 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 29, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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