"I never saw such a sight"Confederate troops constructed Fort Collier in 1861 after the evacuation of Harpers Ferry. The earthworks, which surrounded the Benjamin Stine house here, commanded the approach to Winchester on the Martinsburg and Winchester Turnpike. The fort saw little action until late in the afternoon on September 19, 1864, when, during the Third Battle of Winchester, it became a focal point of the engagement. Here a great Union cavalry charge led by Gen. Wesley Merritt turned the battle against Gen. Jubal A. Early's outnumbered Confederates. The charge was earthshaking and memorable. A Confederate infantryman who survived the attack later wrote, "I never saw such a sight in my life as that of the tremendous force, the flying banners, sparkling bayonets and flashing sabers moving from the north and east upon the left flank and rear of our army."
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 2:24am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 745680 N 4342970|
|Decimal Degrees||39.20128333, -78.15493333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 12.077', W 78° 9.296'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 12' 4.62" N, 78° 9' 17.76" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 878-938 US-11, Winchester VA 22601, US|
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