New Market: The Confederate General, Plan, & Units

John C. Breckinridge, pre-war political days. (LOC)

So…who was the Confederate commander facing Union General Franz Sigel at the Battle of New Market? What units did this Southerner pull together to defend the valley and what was the Confederate plan and situation by spring 1864?

In today’s video you’ll “meet” John C. Breckinridge – a Kentucky politician turned skillful commander. He was another in a line of Confederate generals defending the vital Shenandoah Valley, but he had fewer resources than his predecessors. His pulled together army included infantry, cavalry, and artillery from Virginia and Tennessee, along with a few unique units like Woodson’s Missourians and Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets.

The Confederate General, the Plan, & the Units

Video Highlights

  • The Confederate situation in Spring 1864
  • Trans-Allegheny Department
  • John C. Breckinridge’s life
  • Units in Breckinridge’s command at New Market

Thanks for watching!

Your Historian,

Miss Sarah

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