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

The Third Battle of Winchester

The West Woods

 
 
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. You are standing near the center of General Early's infantry line at what has come to be called the West Woods. Although these particular trees were not here during the Battle of Third Winchester, some are in the same location as those that stood on that day.

At 11:40 a.m., the Union Sixth and Nineteenth Corps marched toward you to confront Early's troops positioned to your left and right. As Union Gen. Horatio Wright's Sixth Corps advanced along the Berryville Pike, it veered southward exposing breaks in the line between itself and the Nineteenth Corps. Confederate Gen. Robert Rodes' Division was positioned behind you with Gen. Stephen Ramseur's Division to his right: both braced to defend their lines against the oncoming attack. The Union Sixth Corps launched a successful attack, but Confederate units regrouped and executed a powerful counterthrust. Rodes was reported to have yelled "Charge them boys! Charge them!" before a shell exploded over his head and he fell dead from his horse.

Confederate Gen. Cullen A. Battle assumed command of the division as his Alabama Brigade advanced toward a break in the Union line. The rest of Rodes' Division and all of Gordon's Division followed. With a famed Rebel yell, they pushed the Union Sixth and Nineteenth Corps back to the First Woods.
 
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2. Help Preserve 3rd Winchester
Details of CWPT efforts to save this battlefield.
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Civil War Preservation Trust.
 
Location. 39° 11.791′ N, 78° 7.963′ 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 West Woods Wayside, along the Battle Trail, inside the CWPT Third Winchester Battlefield site. Although the marker is a few hundred yards from I-81, there is no access directly to the marker. The closest trailhead to this marker is on 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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also
The Battle Map image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
3. The Battle Map
named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Third Battle of Winchester (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a drawing of "Union General Ricketts' attack against Rodes' Division in the West Wood" from Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. In the upper center is a portrait of Confederate General Robert E. Rodes. The map on the right side illustrates the tactical situation between 11:40 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on September 19, 1864.
 
Also see . . .
1. Summary of the Battle of Third Winchester. The action described on the marker falls under Phase 6 of this National Parks Service summary. (Submitted on October 27, 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 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Robert Rodes. Unique as the only non-West Point graduate to hold division command under Robert
The West Woods Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
4. The West Woods Wayside
Battle's Brigade advanced through this point to hit almost right on the seam between the two Union Corps.
E. Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia. Rodes served with distinction at many battles through the war. He was in his thirties when killed here at Third Winchester. (Submitted on October 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Another View of the Area of the West Woods Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 26, 2007
5. Another View of the Area of the West Woods Today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,340 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on March 13, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on October 27, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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