Civilian road. Less than ideal military position. Scene of the second Union defensive position during the Battle of New Market.
This new video addresses the location of Colonel Moor’s regiment’s fall-back position after retreating from Manor’s Hill. You’ll also “meet” Von Kleiser’s artillery battery and learn why they are short one gun later in the fight at Field of Lost Shoes. That long Confederate battle line kept advancing, pushing the fighting Union troops toward yet another defensive position farther north.
But that’s just the military side of the story. There’s a great tale of battlefield preservation that’s part of the River Road saga and the latter part of the video addresses this modern victory!
Well, at long last, we’ve made it to the opening shots on May 15, 1864, in our video series about the Battle of New Market.
This new video addresses the troop positions, Sigel’s divided army, Breckinridge’s big decision, the advance, and the first time the Cadets from VMI came under fire. In addition to maps and history discussion, you’ve find some video clips filmed on location on the two hills.
Should we consider New Market a three day battle? It’s a question open for debate.
Traditionally, the battle date for New Market has only been May 15, 1864, but important military actions and battling skirmishes occurred on the two previous days which are key to understanding the larger-scale fighting. Today’s video dives into the set-up history, exploring how the opening conflicts staged the main battle and why its important understand these foundational moments in New Market history.
So…how did the Union and Confederate soldiers get to New Market? (Hint: they marched.) And at what point did they know there would be a battle there?
Today’s video explores the routes, speeds, and objectives of the armies as they approached battle on May 15, 1864. It even includes some on-location footage along the Valley Pike and one of the camping areas used by the Cadets.
Today is the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market.
Today, I’m actually in Lexington, Virginia, at Virginia Military Institute for the New Market Ceremony which is a special memorial observation. Before leaving for the book tour of Call Out The Cadets, we recorded an anniversary video.