New Market in Shenandoah County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
“Good-bye, Lieutenant, I am killed.”
Woodson’s Missouri Cavalry in the Battle of New Market
Captured in Mississippi in 1862, the men were exchanged at City Point, Virginia a year later. In Richmond, some 70 officers and men were designated as Co. A, 1st Missouri Cavalry under the command of twenty-one-year-old Capt. Charles H. Woodson. The Missourians were transferred to the Valley District and attached to the 62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry Regiment. Lack of horses meant the “mounted” troops would fight on foot.
During the battle, the Missouri men faced heavy fire from Capt. Albert von Kleiser’s 30th New York artillery battery. Lieutenant Ed Scott recalled:
“We were now within pistol shot of the battery and just as I fired the last shot from my revolver at a canoneer, Sgt. Day came up to me pale and staggering with the blood flowing from his breast and back, and said as he gave me his hand, ‘Lt., I am almost gone, please help me off.’ Just then I saw Lt. Jones, my bosom friend and companion fall full length beside me…I was struck at the same time in the arm with a fragment of shell…I assisted Will Day a few steps to the rear and laid him down. He would soon be dead.
In all, four soldiers were killed and about 35 were wounded, including Woodson. Two veterans of the company, J.H. Dwyer and W.R. Fallis, commissioned a limestone marker to the unit’s position on the Bushong farm. A local Confederate veteran, Major Christian Shirley, offered a load of sand, and Jacob Bushong provided the rock. In early May of 1905, the two Missourians, assisted by Shirley and L.M. Henkel, erected the monument, which reads thus:
The simple tale will tell:
It marks the spot
Where Woodson’s heroes fell.
(Sidebar):Love and War
For Missourians J.H. Dwyer and W.R. Fallis, service in Virginia brought more than battle; it also brought romance, as reported in the May 25, 1905 edition of the Shenandoah Valley newspaper:
Not many months after the battle of New Market, Mr. Dwyer married Miss Ada Sprinkle, a maiden of 15 or 16 years, who had cared for him when wounded whilst in
In 1867, Mr. Fallis married Miss Sallie Gay, of Harrisonburg, a war sweetheart, where she died in 1882.
In August, 1885 he married Miss Mattie O. Giles, of Nelson County, where they resided for some time. Mr. Fallis jocularly remarked that man may escape the perils of battle, but never the wiles of Cupid. In his case, he married two ladies with red hair, when he had vowed he never would, and one of them declared most emphatically she would never marry a widower, but he got the best of all, and they were Virginians.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
Location. 38° 39.842′ N, 78° 40.026′ W. Marker is in New Market, Virginia, in Shenandoah County. Marker can be reached from George Collin Parkway (County Route 305), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is located at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park. Take Exit 264 off I-81 onto Rt. 211 West. Take immediate right onto Rt. 305 (George Collins Parkway). Continue one mile until you see the circular, distinctive Hall of Valor. A staff member will share park and ticketing information. Marker is in this post office area: New Market VA 22844, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Rustic Pile (here, next to this marker); The Bushong Farm (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heroism in Defeat (about 700 feet away); The Battle of New Market (about 800 feet away); Baptism of Fire (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Market Battlefield Park (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of New Market (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Battle of New Market (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Market.
More about this marker. On the left side of the marker is a photo captioned, A Missouri cavalry trooper, typical of the men who served in Woodson's Company. In the center of the marker is a portrait captioned, Charles Woodson, from a postwar newspaper photo. On the lower right of the marker is a map of the Battle of New Market.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2008. This page has been viewed 1,716 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2008. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.