Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Second Battle of Winchester
“A scene ... I shall never forget”
—Gettysburg Campaign —
Although concerned for her safety and that of the town, Lee and other civilians could not resist climbing onto rooftops to view the exchange of fire between Star Fort and West Fort. Lee wrote, "It was a magnificent sight ... [and] presented a scene and aroused feelings I shall never forget." Another civilian resident, Cornelia McDonald, noted, "All the while the batteries thundered, the booming of the cannon, the screaming of the shells (who that has ever heard that scream can ever forget it?)." Fortunately for the civilians, the town survived the battle. Winchester's pro-Confederate population reveled in Gen. Richard S. Ewell's success and the scene of corralled Union prisoners of war,
(left photo) Mary Greenhow Lee
(middle photo) Cornelia McDonald
(right photo) Star Fort with captured Union cannons All images courtesy Handley Regional Library
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 12.36′ N, 78° 9.798′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Fortress Drive 0.1 miles north of North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Earthworks (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Second Battle of Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Battle of Winchester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Constructing Star Fort (about 300 feet away); Star Fort (was about 500 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Lord Fairfax (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Collier (approx. half a mile away); George Washington in Winchester (was approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2017, by Pete Skillman of Port Deposit, Maryland. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on January 21, 2017, by Pete Skillman of Port Deposit, Maryland. 2. submitted on January 23, 2017. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.