New Market: Battle’s Afterstory

When the fighting ended on May 15, 1864, and the Union army retreated from New Market, who took care of the injured? Civilians took a major role in the immediate aftermath situation and also in the memory of the battle in later decades.

This week’s video focuses on some stories about three civilian women, New Market’s memory of the battle, and how the battle’s veterans later re-fought it on paper, creating an impressive primary source record.

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Jessie Rupert: “Though Surrounded By Enemies”

Jessie Rupert (New Market Historical Society)

She taught African Americans to read and write when that was against the law. She burned a Confederate flag. She insisted on flying a Union flag in pro-Confederate town. She was the woman who stood in a muddy street and appealed to a Confederate officer’s humanity to provide aid for suffering Union soldiers.

Yes, everyone in the town of New Market, Virginia, knew about Jessie Hainning Rupert. Brave, irrepressible, educated, and feminine – she rocked the traditional, racist, and political views of her town during the Civil War.

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