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Third Winchester

Opequon

Frederick County, VA  |  Sep 19, 1864

On September 19, 1864, Maj. Gen. Phillip Sheridan advanced toward Winchester along the Berryville Pike with the VI and XIX Corps, crossing Opequon Creek east of town. The Union advance was delayed long enough for Maj. Gen. Jubal Early to concentrate his forces to meet the main assault. Veteran Union and Confederate divisions fought hard for several hours, but Early’s men were gradually driven back toward Winchester, anchored around the defensive works on the north end of town. By late-afternoon, the VIII Corps and Union cavalry turned the Confederate left flank and Early ordered a general retreat. The Union victory began a series of losses for Early’s army in the Valley from which it would not recover. The battle was the largest and most costliest fought in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Jefferson County, WV  |  Aug 21, 1864
Result: Inconclusive
Est. Casualties: 1,000
Civil War  |  Battle
Third Winchester
Frederick County, VA  |  Sep 19, 1864
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 8,630
Union: 5,020
Confederate: 3,610
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Fisher's Hill
Shenandoah County, VA  |  Sep 21 - 22, 1864
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 1,763
Union: 528
Confederate: 1,235
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Shenandoah County, VA  |  Oct 9, 1864
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 407
Union: 57
Confederate: 350
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Frederick County, Shenandoah County and Warren County, VA  |  Oct 19, 1864
Result: Union Victory
Est. Casualties: 8,824
Union: 5,764
Confederate: 3,060

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Winchester, VA | September 19, 1864
Result: Union Victory
Commanders
Forces Engaged
54,440
Union
39,240
Confed.
15,200
Estimated Casualties
8,630
Union
5,020
Confed.
3,610