Slaughter of the 8th New York Infantry
— 1862 Valley Campaign —On June 8, 1862, during the Battle of Cross keys, Gen. Isaac R. Trimble's Confederate brigade of a little more than 1,500 men occupied this line, a masked position behind a split-rail fence in what was then a wood line to your right and left. Shortly after noon, the 548-man-strong 8th New York Infantry of Gen. Julius Stahel's brigade marched toward Trimble, but the regiment's officers failed to put a skirmish line out front to locate the Southern position. Skirmishers from the 21st North Carolina Infantry scampered back to Trimble's line to give him the news. The New Yorkers advanced blindly through a clover field in a two-line formation and over the rise just in front of you. An Alabama soldier later recalled, "Poor fellows, they did not know what was in store for them."
|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation & Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 12:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 690010 N 4246877|
|Decimal Degrees||38.34991667, -78.82555000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 20.995', W 78° 49.533'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 20' 59.70" N, 78° 49' 31.98" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 6019 Port Republic Rd, Harrisonburg VA 22801, US|
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