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New Market Gap
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 38.562 W 078° 36.676
17S E 707894 N 4279834
Quick Description: Gen. Stonewall Jackson announced his Army of the Valley had become the 2nd Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia on his march from the Shenandoah Valley east to Fredericksburg, VA where he joined Gen. R. E. Lee.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 5/18/2011 10:32:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMBG8K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
Views: 2

Long Description:
In late 1862, the Union army was gathering its forces in Stafford County, Virginia for an attack on Fredericksburg across the Rappahannock River. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee advised Gen. Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson to move his troops to Fredericksburg from the Shenandoah Valley where Jackson and his troops had remained after the Battle of Antietam. In November, Jackson and his force of more than 32,000 men marched through New Market, over the Blue Ridge Mountains at Fishers Gap and Luray, through Culpeper, and into Fredericksburg.

A stop along the Civil War Discovery Trail on Massenutten Mountain where Jackson and his men stopped to rest on November 23, indicates this is where Stonewall Jackson announced to his staff that they were no longer the headquarters of the Army of the Valley, but the 2nd Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. The 2nd Corps reached Fredericksburg in three weeks and helped Lee's Army of Northern Virginia successfully defend Fredericksburg.


Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

Rt. 211 (at the old Massenutten Visitors Center parking lot)
George Washington National Forest
New Market, VA USA

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
On Rt. 211 approximately 7 miles west of Luray and 4 miles east of New Market.

Phone Number: Not listed

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