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

The Third Battle of Winchester

Fording Red Bud Run

 
 
The Third Battle of Winchester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
1. The Third Battle of Winchester Marker
Inscription. "To stop was death. To go on was probably the same; but on we started again."
Col. Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S.A.

Red Bud Run is as wide and boggy today as it was in 1864. During their attack, the men of the Eighth Corps sank into the marshy flood plain on the north bank, then trudged through the waistdeep water.

The men forged on amid enemy fire and some reportedly fell wounded and drowned in the crossing. Hayes reported that "the rear and front lines and different regiments of the same line mingled together and reached the rebel side of the creek with lines and organizations broken; but all seemed inspired by the right spirit, and charged the rebel works pell-mell in the most determined manner."

They joined Union Col. Thoburn's troops and later with the Sixth and Nineteenth Corps to push Gordon's forces out of their hard-won position in the Second Woods near the Hackwood House.
 
Erected by Civil War Preservation Trust.
 
Location. 39° 12.146′ N, 78° 7.591′ W. Marker is near Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Redbud Road (County Route 661), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the Red Bud Run Wayside, along
Help Preserve 3rd Winchester image. Click for more information.
2. Help Preserve 3rd Winchester
Details of CWPT efforts to save this battlefield.
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the Confederate Flank Trail, inside the CWPT Third Winchester Battlefield site. The marker is on the south side of the creek. The closest trailhead to this marker is along Redbud Road. 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. A different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester ( about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester ( about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester ( approx. 0.2 miles away); The Third Battle of Winchester ( approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester ( approx. mile away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester ( approx. mile away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester ( approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays a portrait of "Future U.S. President Colonel Rutherford B. Hayes," on the right, and a map of the tactical situation between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on September 19,
The Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
3. The Battle Map
1864.
 
Also see . . .
1. Summary of the Battle of Third Winchester. The action described on the marker falls under Phase 8 of this National Parks Service summary. (Submitted on October 25, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. CWPT Walking Tour of The Third Battle of Winchester. This marker is one along the walking trail around a portion of the Third Winchester Battlefield, preserved by the Civil War Preservation Trust. (Submitted on October 25, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Red Bud Run image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
4. Red Bud Run
From the foot bridge across the creek, looking west, Col. Hayes Division crossed from the bank on the right to attack Confederate positions above and to the south.
Looking East from the Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
5. Looking East from the Bridge
Thoburn's men had a little easier advance, with their right flank resting on the creek bed, and their line of march generally parallel to Redbud Run (the tree line on the right side of this photo). This view does show the marshy ground. This picture was taken in mid-summer, during one of the worst droughts on record for the region. Yet the bottom ground is still what one would consider "slow going" at best.
Footbridge over Redbud Run image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
6. Footbridge over Redbud Run
Red Bud Run Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
7. Red Bud Run Wayside
In Memory of Gilcin F. Meadors III image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
8. In Memory of Gilcin F. Meadors III
The footbridge is dedicated to the memory of COL Meadors:
Friend
Physician
Colonel US Army
He walked this ground
and advised
on its interpretation
Placed by Sharon, Justine
and his friends from
the class of 1962
Damascus, MD
"FIGMO"-1998


FIGMO is military slang which stands for "Forget it I've Got My Orders" in the polite translation.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,973 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 25, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on March 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 25, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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