Near Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Advance of Tylerís Brigade
In an effort to capture these guns, Kimball dispatched Colonel Erastus B. Tyler (Ohio) with a brigade of infantry from Winchester. He hoped Tyler's troops would conduct a surprise attack on the Southern left and rear. Tyler's 2300 infantry and 400 cavalry marched south from Cedar Creek Grade (directly behind you) in a narrow column formation. The formation, designed to move a large body of troops through rough and wooded terrain efficiently, was well suited to traversing the ground south of Cedar Creek Grade. It proved dangerous when these Northern troops came out of the woods and into open ground in front of the Southern infantry, massed behind the stone wall that ran along the crest of Sandy Ridge. The Northern column was an easy target. As Northern casualties mounted, Tyler's attempt to dislodge Southern defenders stalled.
Tyler's failure to seize enemy artillery on Sandy Ridge prompted his commander, Kimball, to send in additional Northern troops against Southern infantry and artillery on Sandy Ridge. These units marched directly west from Pritchard's
"In the excitement of battle I could aim at them only fourty or fifty yards from me, as coolly as I ever did at a squirrel. But now it seams very much like murder. They would throw up their hands and fall every time we would get a fair shot at them, and we would laugh at their motions and make jest at their misfortune. I don't nor can't imagine now how we could do it. The fact is, in battle a man becomes a sinner and delights at the work of death. And if his best friend falls at his side he heeds it not, but presses on eager to engage in the wholesale murder."
-John G. Marsh, 29th Ohio, written in a letter home after the battle
Location. 39° 9.285′ N, 78° 12.906′ W. Marker is near Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Jones Road (County Route 621), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located at stop four of the walking tour of Rose Hill. See the link to the Museum of the Shenandoah for details about visiting Rose Hill. Marker is at or near this
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Order for Retreat (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Defense of the Stone Wall (about 500 feet away); Northern Victory, Southern Defeat (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fight for the High Ground (approx. ľ mile away); How To See the Battlefield (approx. 0.3 miles away); War in the Backyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rose Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Battle of Kernstown (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a portrait of Colonel Erastus B. Tyler. In the lower center is a map of the battle showing the situation described in the text. On the lower right is a "sketch by newspaper field artist Edwin Forbes," showing, "the attack of Tyler's brigade against the stone wall from about where you are standing."
Regarding The Advance of Tylerís Brigade. This is one of seven battlefield interpretive markers at Rose Hill. See the related markers section below for a listing of the walking tour, or the Kernstown Battles Virtual Tour by Markers
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Kernstown Battles Virtual Tour by Markers. This marker is related to several markers in the area detailing the actions of two separate battles occurring around Kernstown during the Civil War. The sites include walking trails at the Pritchard-Grim Farm and Rose Hill. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Rose Hill - Museum of the Shenandoah. The walking tour of Rose Hill is open for self-guided tours on the third Saturday of each month April through October from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Battle of First Kernstown Summary. The action around Rose Hill is discussed in phase three of this National Parks Service battle summary. (Submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,957 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.