Death of Ashby
— 1862 Valley Campaign —On June 6, 1862, the vanguard of Union Gen. John C. Fr?mont's force, pursuing Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's army south up the Shenandoah Valley, reached this point near Harrisonburg. Jackson's rear guard, led by Gen. Turner Ashby, engaged Federal cavalry here and captured Col. Sir Percy Wyndham, the English commander of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry who had earlier boasted that he would "bag Ashby." The 1st Maryland Inf. And 58th Virginia Inf. set an ambush for the Federals. At about 6 p.m., however, Union forces appeared not in the road as expected, but in a concealed position near Ashby's force. When Ashby's horse was shot from under him, he rolled off the mount, regained his footing and ordered his men to stop shooting and use the bayonet, shouting, "Charge, men! For God's sake charge!" Then a Union bullet pierced Ashby's side and passed through his chest. He fell dead while his men cleared the Federals from the woodline.
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 686424 N 4254975|
|Decimal Degrees||38.42360000, -78.86441667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 25.416', W 78° 51.865'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 25' 24.96" N, 78° 51' 51.90" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6945 Turner Ashby Lane, Harrisonburg VA 22801, US|
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