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Winchester in Frederick County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The First Battle of Kernstown

March 23, 1862

 

— Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign —

 
The First Battle of Kernstown image. Click for full size.
By Jay Richardson, August 22, 2020
1. The First Battle of Kernstown
March 23, 1862
Inscription.  
"Believing that [the enemy] had other forces near at hand, I did not propose to walk into the net."
—Union Col. Nathan Kimball
Explaining why he declined to attack the smaller Confederate force during the early stages of the battle

Believing most Union troops had left Winchester, Confederate Gen. “Stonewall" Jackson marched north to attack the remaining Federals — only to find he was facing a full division. The Federals, commanded by Col. Nathan Kimball, stopped Jackson at Kernstown and then counterattacked, forcing him to retreat. Jackson's defeat became a strategic victory when his aggression prompted the Federals to send more troops to the Valley.

This battle marker has been generously gifted by LTC Rex M. Holmlin
 
Erected by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 12.647′ N, 78° 7.628′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia
The Ritchie Interpretive Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Jay Richardson, September 1, 2020
2. The Ritchie Interpretive Plaza
, in Frederick County. Marker is on Redbud Road 0.9 miles east of Martinsburg Pike (U.S. 11), on the left when traveling east. Located in the parking lot of The James R. Wilkins Winchester Battlefield Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 541 Redbud Rd, Winchester VA 22603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First Battle of Winchester (here, next to this marker); The Second Battle of Winchester (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Rutherford's Farm (here, next to this marker); The Second Battle of Kernstown (here, next to this marker); The Third Battle of Winchester (here, next to this marker); Three Battlefields (within shouting distance of this marker); "Like A Thousand Bricks" (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Third Battle of Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
James R. Wilkins Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Jay Richardson
3. James R. Wilkins Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2020, by Jay Richardson of Martinsburg, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 22, 2020, by Jay Richardson of Martinsburg, West Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on September 1, 2020, by Jay Richardson of Martinsburg, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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