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

The First Battle of Winchester

May 25, 1862

— Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign —

 
 
The First Battle of Winchester image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Randall Richardson, August 22, 2020
1. The First Battle of Winchester
Inscription.  
"Our entrance into Winchester was one of the most stirring scenes of my life."
—Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
Remembering the ... reaction when he entered Winchester after the battle

At the First Battle of Winchester, Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson flanked and routed Union Gen. Nathaniel Banks smaller force, sending the Federal defenders tumbling out of the city — and out of the Valley — with most civilians welcoming Jackson and his men as liberators. Jackson's smashing victory was the emotional high point of his famed Valley Campaign.

The battle marker has been generously gifted by Philip G. LeDuc
 
Erected by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 25, 1862.
 
Location. 39° 12.647′ N, 78° 7.627′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is on Redbud Road, 0.9 miles east of Martinsburg Pike (U.S. 11), on
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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 Kernstown (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); Ritchie Interpretive Plaza (a few steps from this marker); Three Battlefields (within shouting distance of this marker); "Like A Thousand Bricks" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
The Ritchie Interpretive Plaza image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jay Richardson, September 1, 2020
2. The Ritchie Interpretive Plaza
James R. Wilkins Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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 216 times since then and 11 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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