Battle of Cross Keys

Battle of Cross Keys (HMALV)

Location: Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Country: United States of America

N 38° 21.197', W 78° 49.019'

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Immigrant Soldiers

— 1862 Valley Campaign —

Many immigrants fought for the North and the South during the Civil War. Their numbers were especially high in Gen. Louis Blenker's division of Gen. John C. Fremont's union army at Cross Keys on June 8, 1862.

Two Germans (Gen. Henry Bohlen and Col. John Koltes) and one Hungarian (Gen. Julius Stahel) commanded Blenker's three brigades on this part of the field. Blenker and his lieutenants had been officers in European revolutions during the 1840s.

German, Swiss, Irish, English, Italians, Russians, Algerians, Sepoys, Turks, Frenchmen, Poles, Croats, Hungarians, and Chinese fought with Blenker's "melting pot" division. One of Fremont's staff officers, a Romanian, Capt. R. Nicolai Dunka, was killed delivering a message to the front here.

Most immigrants fought for their adopted country and lived here after the war. Others sought military experience so they could return to their native countries to fight in or command revolutionary armies.
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HM NumberHMALV
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Year Placed2003
Placed ByShenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 11:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 690750 N 4247269
Decimal Degrees38.35328333, -78.81698333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 21.197', W 78° 49.019'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 21' 11.82" N, 78° 49' 1.14" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7449-7471 State Rte 708, Harrisonburg VA 22801, US
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