The Battle of New Market, fought on May 15, 1864, was part of Union
general Franz Sigel's attempt to
sweep the Shenandoah
Valley of Confederate troops in conjunction with General Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign during the
American Civil War (1861–1865).
While Grant battled Confederate general Robert E. Lee at the Wilderness and then at Spotsylvania Court House, he sent Sigel into the Valley to prevent the
Confederates there from reinforcing Lee.. . .
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