Near Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Order for Retreat
The troops behind the stone wall were now under Southern Brigadier General Richard B. Garnett's command. "Stonewall" Jackson was not near the front lines.
By 6:00 p.m., things were looking desperate to Garnett. His men were gathering ammunition from fallen comrades. He encouraged them to "aim low and pick your men." Now fighting in two directions, casualties mounting, ammunition nearly exhausted, darkness imminent, and no orders to the contrary from Jackson, Garnett made the decision to withdraw his troops from the stone wall just minutes before sunset.
Jackson was furious.
Within ten days Jackson ordered Garnett arrested and relieved of command for "neglect of duty on March 23 at Kernstown." In August, a court-martial convened but was interrupted by the war and never finished. Garnet died riding a horse in Pickett's Charge.
Location. 39° Touch for map. Located at stop six 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 postal address: 1985 Jones Road, Winchester VA 22602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Defense of the Stone Wall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Advance of Tylerís Brigade (about 400 feet away); Northern Victory, Southern Defeat (about 600 feet away); Fight for the High Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away); How To See the Battlefield (approx. 0.3 miles away); War in the Backyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rose Hill (approx. 0.3 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 left side of the marker is a large map showing the situation around sunset on the day of the battle. On the right is a detailed map showing the arrangement of Garnett's forces. A portrait of "Southern Brig. Gen. Richard B. Garnett in a pre-war photograph," is below the map.
Regarding The Order for Retreat.
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.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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 1,130 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.