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1st Battle of Winchester

 
 
First Battle of Winchester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
1. First Battle of Winchester Marker
Inscription.
May 25, 1862

General Stonewall Jackson with 16,000 Confederates defeated General N.P. Banks and 6,000 Federals. On May 24, at Middletown, 12 miles South, Jackson attacked Banksí army withdrawing toward Winchester, cutting off the rear guard and capturing or destroying a large number of wagons. Jackson launched his attack on Winchester at 5 a.m. May 25. Contesting this thrust was Colonel George Gordonís 3rd Brigade. General Dick Taylorís Louisiana Brigade, reinforced by the 10th and 23rd Virginia, succeeded in flanking Gordon on the west, while troops of Jacksonís division pressed Gordonís center and left. General R.S. Ewell on the southeast approaches to Winchester saw his first attack repulsed. Calling up his reserves, Ewell moved against Colonel D. Donnellyís Union Brigade. All Federal positions were taken by 8 a.m. and Banksí army fled North through town. Confederate pursuit was hindered by lack of Cavalry.
 
Erected 1964 by Virginia Civil War Commission.
 
Location. 39° 9.744′ N, 78° 11.064′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Valley Avenue (U.S. 11) and Ceder Creek Grade, on the right when traveling south on Valley Avenue. Touch for map. Located
Map of the Battle Action image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
2. Map of the Battle Action
in front of the First Citizens Bank, Main Winchester Office, on Valley Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2147 Valley Avenue, Winchester VA 22601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Battle of Winchester (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named First Battle of Winchester (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named First Battle of Winchester (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Second Battle of Kernstown (approx. 1.3 miles away); The First Battle of Kernstown (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Hollingsworth Family Settlement (approx. 1.3 miles away); Abramís Delight (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Pritchard House (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Abramís Delight (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named The First Battle of Kernstown (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
More about this marker. This is one of the Shenandoah Valley Circle Tour markers which mark the major battles of the Civil War occurring in the valley. A map depicting the maneuvers discussed on the marker stands to the left.
 
Also see . . .
The Corner of Valley Avenue and Ceder Creek Grade image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
3. The Corner of Valley Avenue and Ceder Creek Grade
 First Battle of Winchester. Battle Summary from the National Parks Service. (Submitted on September 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,633 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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