15 May 2008

I Almost Forgot

Today marks the 144th anniversary of the Battle of New Market. My great-great grandfather, John McGann fought for the 51st Virginia Infantry. The 51st earned a reputation as a brave and hard-fighting unit and led the charge at New Market. This victory saved the Shenandoah Valley and the Confederacy for another year.


Stephen Boyd said...

Was the 51st Virginia commanded by the grandfather of Gen. George Patton?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hello Stephen.

William McFarland Patton Born August 22, 1845, Richmond, Virginia; graduate VMI Class of 1865; while a cadet took part in the Battle of New Market as a cadet sergeant in Company B of the Corps of Cadets.

See: http://www.vmi.edu/archives.aspx?id=5299

Stephen Boyd said...

I thought I had read of a Col. John Patton in relation to New Market. Does that sound right?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


See this link: