Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The First Battle of Kernstown
An Unheralded Commander’s Unique Victory
Kimball successfully repulsed Confederate infantry in its attempt to dislodge the artillery from this ground early in the afternoon, only to watch helplessly as General Jackson swiftly shifted his Confederate artillery from the Valley Turnpike to the crest of Sandy Ridge (the ridge line one mile to your right). By 3:30 P.M. Jackson’s cannon suppressed the Union artillery position. Perched on this hill, Kimball countered aggressively by launching two infantry attacks in quick succession in a effort to force “Stonewall” Jackson from his commanding position.
By sunset, Kimball’s assaults dislodged Jackson’s troops from Sandy Ridge, capturing two
(Left Sidebar, with portrait of Colonel Nathan Kimball): Colonel Nathan Kimball’s solid leadership at Kernstown was repeated in later Civil War campaigns. Breveted Major General in 1865, Kimball retired from the army after participating in 22 victories against three losses.
(Right Sidebar, with portrait of Colonel William Murray): Colonel William Murray spent most of the Kernstown battle on this knoll with his 84th Pennsylvania Infantry until ordered to charge the Confederate cannon on Sandy Ridge late in the afternoon. Murray was killed 40 yards from the Southern artillery, the highest ranking officer to die on March 23, 1862.
Erected by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1912.
Location. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester VA 22604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Second Battle of Winchester (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Second Battle of Kernstown (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The First Battle of Kernstown (about 500 feet away); The Pritchard House (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named The First Battle of Kernstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Second Battle of Kernstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Second Battle of Kernstown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kernstown Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
More about this marker. The marker also has a map detailing the tactical situation and movements.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by the linked marker.
Also see . . .
1. Kernstown Battlefield Association. (Submitted on August 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. First Battle of Kernstown. From (Submitted on August 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Short Biography of General Kimball. (Submitted on August 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Kernstown Battles Virtual Tour By Markers. This marker is related to several markers in the area detailing the actions of two separate battles occurring around Kernstown during the Civil War. The sites include walking trails at the Pritchard-Grim Farm and Rose Hill. (Submitted on November 11, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,203 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on November 26, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5. submitted on April 18, 2009. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.