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McDowell

Sitlington's Hill

Highland County, VA  |  May 8, 1862

Joining forces with Brig. Gen. Edward "Allegheny" Johnson's Army of the Northwest in early May, 1862, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson moved to McDowell, Virginia to intercept the army of Maj. Gen. John C. Fremont gathering west of there. Late in the afternoon of May 8, the head of Jackson's infantry column took a position on Sitlington's Hill, a mile-long rocky spur overlooking the Union camp beside the Bull Pasture River. The brigades of Brig. Gens. Robert H. Milroy and Robert C. Schenck attacked Jackson and Johnson using the cover of ravines and woods. The Federals were repulsed after severe fighting lasting four hours. After the battle, Milroy and Schenck withdrew to the west, freeing up Jackson’s army to return to the Shenandoah Valley. Jackson's victory at McDowell set the stage for his hard-marching, hard-fighting 1862 campaign that, over the next month, kept Union troops penned up in the Valley.

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Kernstown
Frederick County, VA  |  Mar 23, 1862
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 1,308
Union: 590
Confederate: 718
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McDowell
Highland County, VA  |  May 8, 1862
Result: Confederate Victory
Est. Casualties: 754
Union: 256
Confederate: 498
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Cross Keys
Rockingham County, VA  |  Jun 8, 1862
Result: Confederate Victory
Est. Casualties: 972
Union: 684
Confederate: 288
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Rockingham County, VA  |  Jun 9, 1862
Result: Confederate Victory
Est. Casualties: 1,818
Union: 1,002
Confederate: 816

Related Battles

McDowell, VA | May 8, 1862
Result: Confederate Victory
Forces Engaged
12,500
Union
6,500
Confed.
6,000
Estimated Casualties
754
Union
256
Confed.
498