Union Camps

Union Camps (HM1QB9)

Location: Middletown, VA 22645 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 1.002', W 78° 17.836'

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Federal wagons and teams were in camp, close to and along the pike, while the shelter tents of the soldiers were arranged close to the earthworks themselves. By 8 A.M. on 19 October 1864, the area was filled with withdrawing units and individuals, while others remained in line to make last-ditch stands. Federal points of resistance formed around Belle Grove and on the high ground to the west where XIX U.S. Corps formed briefly around Captain Elijah D. Taft's 5th Battery, New York Light Artillery, before retreating again to the northwest across Meadow Brook. These troops then joined the VI U.S. Corps in a final line. An eyewitness reported, "Over the space of a mile square the fields, long since stripped of their fence rails, were dotted with wagons, ambulances, pack mules, army followers and stray soldiers, none of them hurrying, but all aiming at the direct safest route to Winchester."

Belle Grove, Middletown, Virginia, as seen from Signal Knob, Gordon's view before the battle.

Donated to the people of the United States
by the Board of Directors and staff
of the Blue and Gray Education Society in memory of
Dr. Don McElhone, Board Secretary
November 2000 - March 2003. "Ain't it a Hoot?"
HM NumberHM1QB9
Placed ByBlue & Gray Education Society, Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 733997 N 4322105
Decimal Degrees39.01670000, -78.29726667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 1.002', W 78° 17.836'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 1' 0.12" N, 78° 17' 50.16" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown VA 22645, US
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