The Third Battle of Winchester

The Third Battle of Winchester (HM1FQ)

Location: Winchester, VA 22603
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N 39° 12.253', W 78° 7.56'

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Confederate Horse Artillery

"A more murderous fire I never witnessed..."Col. Thomas Munford, C.S.A.

In an effort to protect the Confederate left flank, Gen. Fitzhugh Lee placed a detachment of cavalry and six pieces of horse artillery, lighter cannons made specifically for horse soldiers, along this rise. These guns, under the command of Major James Breathed, poured a devastating fire into the ranks of the Union Nineteenth Army Corps as it advanced and retreated across the fields on the other side of Red Bud Run. According to one Confederate officer: "Our cannoneers made their battery roar, sending their death-dealing messengers with a precision and consistency that made the earth around them seem to tremble....A more murderous fire I never witnessed than was plunged into this heterogeneous mass."

By the time Northern troops made a flanking movement late in the afternoon, the Southerners were no longer here. Union Artillery later used this position to support the Eighth Corps in its advanced towards Winchester.
HM NumberHM1FQ
Placed ByCivil War Preservation Trust
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 7:16am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 748168 N 4343375
Decimal Degrees39.20421667, -78.12600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 12.253', W 78° 7.56'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 12' 15.18" N, 78° 7' 33.60" W
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Area Code(s)540, 703
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 534 Redbud Rd, Winchester VA 22603, US
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