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Near Cross Keys in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battle of Cross Keys

June 8, 1862

 
 
Battle of Cross Keys Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, September 10, 1999
1. Battle of Cross Keys Marker
Inscription. General R.S. Ewell with 8,000 soldiers of General Stonewall Jackson's army repulsed a Federal attacking column of 10,500 under General John C. Frémont. After initial success the Federals were checked by the fire of Confederate artillery. Attacks by Union brigades led by General J. Stahel and Colonel G.P. Cluseret were turned back by Generals I.R. Trimble's and A. Elzey's Confederates. General Dick Taylor's and Colonel J.M. Patton's brigades were ordered to Ewell's support. Reinforced by the 13th and 25th Virginia, Trimble counterattacked and forced back Frémont's left. Frémont, seeing that his left was being turned, ordered his army to retire and take position on the heights on either side of the Keezletown road. The Confederates followed, but with night approaching, they did not renew the battle.
 
Erected 1964 by Virginia Civil War Commission.
 
Location. 38° 21.754′ N, 78° 50.322′ W. Marker is near Cross Keys, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Cross Keys Road (State Road 276) half a mile west of Port Republic Road (State Road 253), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Signs are at a hilltop beside farm fields. There is no paved pulloff but there is room to park on the grass beside
Battle of Cross Keys Map image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, September 10, 1999
2. Battle of Cross Keys Map
the signs. Toward the northeast, the steep southern end of Massanutten Mountain is clearly visible. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisonburg VA 22801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Battle of Cross Keys (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (was approx. 1.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (was approx. 1.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Cross Keys Battlefield (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (was approx. 1.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Cross Keys (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cross Keys.
 
More about this marker. The woodframed descriptive sign is accompanied by a map showing the battle action (Photo #2).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Cross Keys Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, September 10, 1999
3. Cross Keys Battlefield
View from Frémont's final position on the Cross Keys (Keezletown) Road toward Ewell's CSA forces.
Massanutten Mountain in the distance image. Click for full size.
By David Graff, September 10, 1999
4. Massanutten Mountain in the distance
Looking northeast along the Cross Keys Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 27, 2011, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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