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

First Battle of Winchester

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
1. First Battle of Winchester Marker
Inscription.  On May 24, 1862, Confederate forces under Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson pursued Major General Nathaniel Banks’ Union Army from Strasburg to Winchester. Banks made a stand south of Winchester, posting one of two infantry brigades on Bower’s Hill, now known as Williamsburg Heights, and the other here in the plain below. In attacks the following day, Jackson routed the Union Army and drove it through the town towards Harper’s Ferry.
 
Erected 1988 by Department of Conservation and Historic Resources. (Marker Number A-5.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 39° 10.51′ N, 78° 10.263′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Valley Avenue (U.S. 11) and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north on Valley Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Patsy Cline: Country Music Singer (approx. 0.4 miles away); Peggy Wolfe McKee, Mary Bruce Glaize, Martha Wolfe
First Battle of Winchester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 31, 2020
2. First Battle of Winchester Marker
(approx. half a mile away); George Washington (approx. half a mile away); Washington’s Office (approx. half a mile away); Cannon Used by George Washington (approx. half a mile away); Braddock Cannon (approx. half a mile away); Photos of Old Town Winchester (approx. half a mile away); Washington Becomes a Burgess for Frederick County (approx. half a mile away); Centenary Reformed Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hill's Keep (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  First Battle of Winchester. National Parks Service Summary of the Battle. (Submitted on September 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Handley High School Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
3. Handley High School Grounds
A brigade of Federals under Col. George Gordon were posted across the high ground behind what is today Handley High School. An artillery duel between supporting Federal batteries there and Confederate batteries to the south was broken when Gen. Jackson swung Taylor’s Brigade around to attack to Federal position from the west. The Federals fell back across what is now the open ground, and broke into a full rout when another Confederate brigade under Gen. Richard Ewell arrived on the east side of the Valley Turnpike (modern US Highway 11).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,843 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3. submitted on September 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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