The Battle of McDowell

The Battle of McDowell (HMAW2)

Location: McDowell, VA 24458 Highland County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 19.439', W 79° 28.501'

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Heart of the Battlefield

— Elevation - 2,815 Feet —

The Confederate 12th Georgia Infantry Regiment held this exposed crest overlooking McDowell. Milroy's Union troops assaulted this hilltop from two directions - on the left and the right. The Confederates held their ground against repeated attacks and suffered heavy losses. The Confederates took position along the ridge behind you, making an exposed angle in the line. At 9 p.m., the Union troops abandoned the slopes below this point and retreated. Stonewall Jackson had won the first hard battle of his Valley Campaign.

This concludes CWPT's interpretive trail, thank you for your interest in battlefield preservation.

"I felt quite small in that fight the other day when the musket and cannon balls were flying around me as thick as hail and my best friends falling on both sides, dead & mortally wounded. Oh Dear, it is impossible for me to express my feelings. When the fight was over & I saw what was done, the teras came then free. Oh, that I never could behold such a sight again. To think it among civilized people; killing one another like beasts."
Lt. Shepard Pryor, 12th Georgia
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HM NumberHMAW2
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Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust & Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 8:33am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 633301 N 4242862
Decimal Degrees38.32398333, -79.47501667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.439', W 79° 28.501'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 26.34" N, 79° 28' 30.06" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9349 Highland Turnpike, McDowell VA 24458, US
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