Second Battle Of Winchester
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member garmin_geek
N 39° 12.901 W 078° 11.497
17S E 742464 N 4344396
Quick Description: Virginia Civil War Trail. Second Battle Of Winchester - Louisiana Tigers capture West Fort. The Gettysburg Campaign
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 9/15/2009 10:12:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM77T9
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
"In June 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee marched his infantry from Culpeper County to the shenandoah Valley to launch his second invasion of the North. First, however, he had to capture Winchester, the largest town on his line of communication, which Union Gen. Robert H. Milroy and a 9,000 man garrison occupied. Milroy soon faced Gen. Richards. Ewell and 17,000 men of the Army of Northern Virginia's Second Corps. After heavy skirmishing on June 12-13, Milroy ordered his command into three fortifications: Fort Milroy, Star Fort, and West Fort.
West Fort, smallest of the three, is on the high ground to your distant front. On the morning of June 14, the 110th Ohis Infantry, one company of the 116th Ohio and six guns of the 5th U.S. Artillery occupied West Fort. Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early, seeing that West Fort was vulnerable to attack from the west, marched three infantry bregades and Lt. Col. Hilary P. Jones' 20-gun artillery battalion to the ridge on your right. He later reported theat "the enemy were not keeping a lookout in my direction."
Jones divided his battalion to take West Fort in crossfire. Early chose harry Hays'Louisiana Brigade "Louisiana Tigers" for the infantry assult. When all was ready, Jones opened fire. Four Union guns were knocked out, and Hays' men charged. The Ohioans fought stubbornly, but soon abandoned their guns and fled toward Fort Milroy and Star Fort. Milroy orfered a retreat that evening, which was blocked at Stephenson Depot. The Condederates' route to Pennsylvania was now open" copied from sign.
Type of site: Battlefield

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Sign is located in the parking lot of the Virginia Farm Market, U.S. 522, North Frederick Pike and Indian Hollow Road.

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