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

The Second Battle of Kernstown

July 24, 1864

 

— Early's Maryland Campaign —

 
The Second Battle of Kernstown image. Click for full size.
By Jay Richardson, August 22, 2020
1. The Second Battle of Kernstown
Inscription.  
"I determined to attack the enemy at once [and] my whole force was put in motion for Winchester."
—Confederate Gen. Jubal Early
Upon learning that a large number of Union troops had departed the Valley, having only Cook's command in Winchester

When Federal commanders sent troops from the Valley to reinforce Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Petersburg, only a small Union force, under the command of Gen. George Crook, remained in Winchester. Under orders to keep pressure on the Federals, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early marched north and attacked Crook at Kernstown, overwhelming and routing the defenders. This was the last major Confederate victory in the Valley.

This battle marker has been generously gifted by LTC and Mrs. William J. Petersen
 
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° 7.625′ W. Marker is near 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 Battle of Rutherford's Farm (here, next to this marker); The Third Battle of Winchester (here, next to this marker); The Second Battle of Winchester (here, next to this marker); The First Battle of Winchester (here, next to this marker); The First Battle of Kernstown (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, 2020
3. James R. Wilkins Winchester Battlefields Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2020, by Jay Richardson of Martinsburg, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 8 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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