Front Royal in Warren County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Kenly Makes His Stand
—Battle of Front Royal, May 23, 1862 —
Kenly realized that the Union occupation of Front Royal was essential to protect the left flank of Gen. Nathaniel Banks’s main army at Strasburg. “I prepared to hold the position as long as possible,” Kenly later wrote, “for I was certain that if I did not check Jackson’s advance ... Banks was lost.” In a momentary stroke of good luck, two companies of the 5th New York Cavalry arrived from Strasburg to augment Kenly’s infantry.
Col. Bradley T. Johnson, comanding the Confederate attackers, soon countered Kenly’s deployment. While the 1st Maryland infantry (CSA) and Maj. Chatham Roberdeau Wheat’s battalion returned fire from behind the stone wall below Richardson’s Hill, the 6th Louisiana Infantry flanked the Union position to the west. In addition, Lt.
Erected by Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 56.198′ N, 78° 11.679′ W. Marker is in Front Royal, Virginia, in Warren County. Marker is on North Royal Avenue north of West 14th Street (U.S. 340), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Three routes converge on North Royal Avenue on their way out of town: U.S. 340 north, Virginia 55 west, and U.S. 522 north. The three routes turn left onto West 14th Street, and North Royal Avenue continues straight ahead as a narrow residential street. The marker is just north of the intersection of Royal and 15th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Front Royal VA 22630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Execution of Mosby’s Rangers (here, next to this marker); The Bridges (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rose Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Guard Hill (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle of Front Royal (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Front Royal.
Regarding Richardson’s Hill.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Front Royal. (Submitted on January 6, 2007.)
2. Battle of Front Royal Virtual Tour by Markers. (Submitted on November 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Richardson’s Hill - Stop Seven. This marker is stop seven on the Front Royal Driving tour. (Submitted on November 18, 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 January 6, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,796 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on October 13, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on August 14, 2008, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.