Near Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Kenly’s Last Stand
—Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Kenly ordered the 5th New York Cavalry to countercharge, but it was too late. The troopers instead raced north in a panic, running over Kenly's men as they struggled to form a battle line. In the confusion, some of the Marylanders fired at New Yorkers and many fell.
The charge of the 6th Virginia, which Jackson afterwards declared was the most gallant
The Federal loss in the Battle of Front Royal was 904 killed, wounded, and captured out of Kenly's 1,000-man garrison. The Confederates suffered fewer than 100 casualties. At the end of the engagement, they had not only occupied Front Royal, but also had seized some $300,000 worth of U.S. quartermaster and commissary stores. Jackson had flanked Gen. Nathaniel Banks's main force at Strasburg, and the way was clear to Winchester.
(Lower Left Sidebar): Many wounded soldiers were cared for at the McKay house, where blood stained the floors for years. Dabney Eastham, of Co. B, 6th Virginia Cavalry, was belived to be mortally wounded and was left lying in the yard. The next morning, when his father arrived from Rappahannock County to claim his son's body, he found that the grass and mud had clotted his wound and saved his life. To avoid opening the wound, the sod was taken up with him when he was carried into the house. Eastham survived and left descendants in Rappahannock
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 59.634′ N, 78° 10.527′ W. Marker is near Front Royal, Virginia, in Warren County. Marker is at the intersection of Winchester Road (U.S. 340/522) and Success Road, on the right when traveling north on Winchester Road. Touch for map. Located north of Front Royal, about 2.7 miles north of the I-66 interchange. Marker is in this post office area: Front Royal VA 22630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The McKay Home (approx. 1.1 miles away); Recreational Center of Front Royal (approx. 2.1 miles away); Battle of Front Royal (approx. 3.1 miles away); Execution of Mosby’s Men (approx. 3.1 miles away); Guard Hill Engagement (approx. 3.1 miles away); Guard Hill (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Bridges (approx. 3.7 miles away); Richardson’s Hill (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Front Royal.
More about this marker. The marker displays a set of maps that detail the action described here. On the far right is an overview map of the Battle of Front Royal. An upper right map illustrates the action fought at Fairview. On the lower center is a map showing the strategic setting of the 1862 Valley Campaign, "After Front Royal, Jackson moved to Winchester where he won a decisive victory May 25, 1862, forcing the Federals to withdraw across the Potomac River." The map area also has a portrait of Dabney Eastham. The sidebar on the lower left has a photograph of the McKay House.
Regarding Fairview. This marker is one of several from a driving tour of the Front Royal Battlefield. The markers are listed in sequence on
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Front Royal - Fairview. This site is stop 10 on the driving tour of the Battle of Front Royal. (Submitted on October 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Computer Image of Marker Face. (Submitted on October 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Battle of Front Royal. From the National Parks Service. The action at Fairview is covered under phase six of the battle. (Submitted on October 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
4. Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers. (Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Battle of Front Royal
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,792 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2. submitted on November 18, 2007, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.