Jackson's 2nd Corps Established

Jackson's 2nd Corps Established (HMAQF)

Location: Stanley, VA 22851 Page County
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N 38° 38.564', W 78° 36.674'

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Stonewall Dons a New Uniform

Having remained with his commandin the vicinity of Winchester since theBattle of Sharpsburg/Antietam, byNovember 22, 1862, Gen. Thomas J."Stonewall" Jackson was again onthe march. With more than 32,000soldiers, Jackson's force made itsway up the snow-covered Shenandoah Valley toward New Market andthen toward Columbia Bridge byway of this gap.

On reaching a point atop Massanutten Mountain, sometime latein the evening on November 23,Jackson took the rare opportunityto rest and made camp nearby. Inthe brisk air of the following morning, as his staff admired a commanding view of the Page Valley below,Jackson emerged from his tent andunintentionally prompted his staffto redirect their awe upon the oldhero of Manassas. Having recentlybeen promoted to lieutenant generaland wearing a new coat given himby General J.E.B. Stuart, a tall hatpurchased by his mapmaker, Jedediah Hotchkiss, and a captured sworddonated by a cavalryman, Jacksonignored the stares and boldlyannounced to his staff, "Young gentlemen, this is no longer the headquarters of the Army of the Valley,but of the Second Corps of theArmy of Northern Virginia."

The march that followed in thesucceeding days took the new corpsacross the South Fork of the Shenandoah at the site of the ColumbiaBridge near Alma, across Fisher'sGap, and out of the Valley in orderto rendezvous with Gen. Robert E.Lee and the main body of the Armyof Northern Virginia. Less thanthree weeks later, Jackson's Corpswould be holding the Confederateright flank as Federal forces under General Ambrose Burnside unsuccessfully attempted to dislodge Lee from his strong line of defense at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia on December 13, 1862.
Series This marker is part of the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans series, and the Virginia Civil War Trails series.
Placed BySummers-Koontz Camp #490, SCV, with a grant made possible through the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 12:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 707897 N 4279838
Decimal Degrees38.64273333, -78.61123333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 38.564', W 78° 36.674'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 38' 33.84" N, 78° 36' 40.44" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8623-8659 Lee Highway, Stanley VA 22851, US
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