“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Battle of Front Royal

May 23, 1862

Battle of Front Royal Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
1. Battle of Front Royal Marker
Inscription. Confederate Army of 16,000 under General Stonewall Jackson overwhelmed a Federal outpost of 1,000 under Colonel John R. Kenly. The Confederates approached Front Royal undetected from southwest on the afternoon of May 23. Spy Belle Boyd gave the advance units of Ewell's division information on Federal positions and the Confederate 1st Maryland Regiment of Ewell's Division led the attack against Kenly's Federal 1st Maryland. After the opening assault the Federals took an artillery position on the heights just north of the rivers. Confederates crossed the river bridges before Federals could destroy them. Outnumbered, the Federals retreated toward Winchester. Colonel T.S. Flournoy's cavalry pursued and smashed Kenly's command in a classic charge at Cedarville. Federal Army of 6,500 under Banks at Strasburg, being outflanked, withdrew northeast on Valley Pike May 24.
Erected 1964 by Virginia Civil War Commission.
Location. 38° 57.189′ N, 78° 12.007′ W. Marker is in Front Royal, Virginia, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Winchester Road (U.S. 340) and Guard Hill Road (County Route 637), on the right when traveling south on Winchester Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Front Royal VA 22630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Battle Map Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
2. Battle Map
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Execution of Mosby’s Men (here, next to this marker); Guard Hill Engagement (here, next to this marker); Guard Hill (approx. ¼ mile away); The Bridges (approx. 0.8 miles away); Recreational Center of Front Royal (approx. 1.1 miles away); Execution of Mosby’s Rangers (approx. 1.2 miles away); Richardson’s Hill (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rose Hill (approx. 1.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Front Royal.
Also see . . .  Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers. (Submitted on July 25, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. War, US Civil
Markers at Guard Hill Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
3. Markers at Guard Hill
Road up Guard Hill Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
4. Road up Guard Hill
North Fork of the Shenandoah River Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, July 24, 2010
5. North Fork of the Shenandoah River
The modern highway bridge is upstream of the wartime bridges.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 971 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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