Near McDowell in Highland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battle of McDowell
May 8, 1862
As his diversionary strike, Jackson decided to attack the Federal forces converging on Staunton. Through the rain, Jackson pushed his Confederates westward on a forced march towards Staunton. On May 7, the Southerners discovered Union pickets about thirty miles from Staunton near McDowell. The Federal commander, Brigadier General Robert H. Milroy, withdrew his forces across the Bull Pasture River and requested reinforcements from his superior, Brigadier General Robert Schenk. On May 8, the Federals deployed in a defensive position across Sitlington’s Hill. However, with only 6,000 men to Jackson’s 10,000, Schenk decided to withdraw. In the early afternoon, to delay the Confederates while his main force retreated, Schenk launched an attack.
The Confederate victory
Erected by Civil War Preservation Trust and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
Location. 38° 19.718′ N, 79° 28.542′ W. Marker is near McDowell, Virginia, in Highland County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 250, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in the Civil War Preservation's Trust McDowell Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Dowell VA 24458, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Commemorating The Battle Of McDowell (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battle of McDowell (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named The Battle of McDowell (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of McDowell (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of McDowell (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Battle of McDowell (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker Battle of McDowell (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of McDowell (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McDowell.
More about this marker. On the left is a map captioned, In an attempt to buy time, the Federal infantry repeatedly stormed the hill and failed to dislodge the Confederates. After nightfall, the Federals retreated west beyond McDowell.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,272 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. 2. submitted on March 30, 2009. 3. submitted on March 4, 2009, by Robert H. Moore, II of Winchester, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.