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

First 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. Here Confederate Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and his army, early on the morning of 25 May 1862, defeated Union Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Bank’s forces during Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley campaign. Banks, outnumbered and outflanked, hastily retreated north through the streets of Winchester. The Confederate pursuit was lethargic, as the men were exhausted from a week of heavy marching, but they captured many Union soldiers and a heavy quantity of wagons and stores. President Abraham Lincoln diverted 30,000 men from the Union advance on Richmond to strike at Jackson.
 
Erected 2006 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A 11.)
 
Location. 39° 7.057′ N, 78° 11.956′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Valley Pike (U.S. 11) and Prosperity Lane on Valley Pike. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3880 Valley Pike, Winchester VA 22602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Second Battle of Winchester (here, next to this marker); House of First Settler (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Battle of Kernstown
Virginia State Markers A 8 and A 11 along the Valley Pike image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 25, 2007
2. Virginia State Markers A 8 and A 11 along the Valley Pike
(approx. 1.4 miles away); In Memory of the Many Soldiers of the Revolution (approx. 1.5 miles away); 1790 Stone Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); Opequon Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); Kernstown Battles (approx. 1.6 miles away); Battle of Kernstown (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Kernstown (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named The First Battle of Kernstown (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
 
Regarding First Battle of Winchester. This marker replaces a previous A-11 also titled “First Battle of Winchester,” which simply read, “The main body of Stonewall Jackson’s army halted here to rest in the early morning of May 25, 1862.”
 
Also see . . .  First Battle of Winchester. National Parks Service summary of the battle. (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 1,160 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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