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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

085-0027 New Market Battlefield

New Market Battlefield
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/02/1970

NRHP Listing Date 09/15/1970

NPS property number 70000824

Gen. John C. Breckenridge’s Confederate brigades, joined by the 247-man cadet corps of the Virginia Military Institute, repulsed the Union forces at New Market on May 15, 1864, thus preserving the supply and communication lines between the Army of Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. This victory permitted Gen. Robert E. Lee to concentrate his full efforts toward halting the Union advance on Richmond. In their only engagement of the war, the VMI cadets, the eldest of them under eighteen, distinguished themselves with a gallant charge and the capture of a battery and an enemy flag. Some 160 acres of the battlefield are maintained by the Commonwealth as the New Market Battlefield Historical Park and memorialize the cadets who fought and died there. On the eastern edge of the battlefield is the restored Bushong house, used by both sides as a hospital.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018