Confederates Hold the High Ground
— 1862 Valley Campaign —Beyond the ridge you are facing is Sitlington's Hill. On the afternoon of May 8, 1862, Gen. Edward "Allegheny" Johnson directed two brigades of Confederate infantry to take position on the hill facing the Federals across Bull Pasture Creek in front of the village of McDowell. As the afternoon grew late, the Federals commanded by Gen. Robert H. Milroy, crossed the swollen Bull Pasture Creek using the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike bridge and advanced against the right of Johnson's position held by the 31st Virginia Infantry. The Federals gained some success until this portion of the Confederate line was stabilized by the arrival of Gen. William Taliaferro's brigade of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Valley Army en route from Staunton.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 2:12am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 634104 N 4242909|
|Decimal Degrees||38.32428333, -79.46583333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 19.457', W 79° 27.95'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 19' 27.42" N, 79° 27' 57.00" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 100 Highland Turnpike, McDowell VA 24458, US|
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