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By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), October 23, 2020
Capture of Front Royal Marker
1Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — J-8 — Capture of Front Royal
Stonewall Jackson, Moving against Banks, captured this town from a Union force under Colonel Kenly, May 23, 1862.Map (db m587) HM
2Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — The CourthouseFront Royal Street Fighting — Battle of Front Royal, May 23, 1862 —
As Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s army pushed its way into Front Royal, Col. Bradley T. Johnson’s 1st Maryland Infantry (CSA) confronted Col. John R. Kenly’s 1st Maryland Infantry (US). The street fighting grew especially hot here, . . . Map (db m158637) HM
3Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — JD-1 — Belle Boyd and Jackson
Near here Stonewall Jackson was met by the spy, Belle Boyd, and informed of the position of the Union troops at Front Royal, May 23, 1862. Jackson was advancing northward attempting to get between Banks’ army and Winchester.Map (db m57966) HM
4Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Richardson’s HillKenly Makes His Stand — Battle of Front Royal, May 23, 1862 —
Directly in front of you is the “commanding height” where Union Col. John H. Kenly made his last attempt to hold Front Royal. Atop Richardson’s Hill—this “cherty” ridge, as Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson called it—Kenly posted the . . . Map (db m803) HM
5Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Execution of Mosby’s Rangers“The ‘dark day’ of 1864” — Mosby’s Confederacy — Reported permanently removed
"Mosby will hang ten of you for every one of us!" were William Thomas Overby’s last words to his executioners before the rope tightened around his neck here on Richardson’s Hill. This was the final scene of a tragedy that began less than two . . . Map (db m804) HM
6Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Battle of Front Royal
May 23, 1862, General Jackson surprised General Banks’ forces in and around Front Royal, capturing many prisoners and army supplies and forcing Banks to flee in disorder out of the Shenandoah Valley into Maryland. This was the first move in . . . Map (db m171046) HM
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7Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — J-17 — Brother Against Brother
The First Maryland Regiment, U.S.A., was part of the force holding this town when it was attacked by Stonewall Jackson, May 23, 1862. With Jackson was the First Maryland Regiment, C.S.A. The two regiments were arrayed against each other.Map (db m1552) HM
8Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Front RoyalCrossroads of War
During the Civil War, Front Royal, a “cross-roads town” of fewer than 600 residents, was the economic center of Warren County. One soldier described the town as “...quite rural. The principal objects of interest are two small . . . Map (db m2436) HM
9Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Front RoyalBattle of Front Royal — 1862 Valley Campaign — Reported permanently removed
On May 23, 1862, Front Royal was occupied by 1000 Federal troops (1st Maryland Infantry, 29th Pennsylvania and a battery of Knap’s Artillery) under the command of Col. J. R. Kenley In the early afternoon Confederate Gen. T. J. “Stonewall” . . . Map (db m2439) HM
10Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — J-9 — Execution of Mosby’s Men
On 23 Sept. 1864 in a fight south of town, some of Lt. Col. John S. Mosby’s Rangers mortally wounded Lt. Charles McMaster, 2nd U. S. Cavalry, after he allegedly surrendered. Union Gen. Alfred T. A. Torbert’s cavalrymen retaliated by executing six . . . Map (db m2447) HM
11Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — J-11 — Guard Hill Engagement
In Aug. 1864, part of Confederate Lt. Gen. Richard H. Anderson’s corps threatened the left of Union Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s army. As Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt’s division approached on 15 Aug. to protect the Federal flank. Anderson ordered . . . Map (db m2449) HM
12Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — FairviewKenly’s Last Stand — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
This stone structure, known as Fairview, was the home of Thomas McKay. On this site Union Col. John R. Kenly rallied the 1st Maryland Infantry (USA) for a last stand as the Confederates approached. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson had ordered . . . Map (db m2958) HM
13Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Prospect Hill CemeteryJackson Prepares for Battle — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Devoid of trees in 1862, this hill afforded Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's troops their first good look at Front Royal and the deployments of the Union garrison here. Approaching from the south on the Gooney Manor Road (now Browntown Road), . . . Map (db m2959) HM
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14Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Bel AirHome of Lucy Buck, Diarist — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
A remarkable number of Front Royal residents recorded the battle in their diaries. At least five of these diaries survive to reveal the civilian side of the Civil War, usually absent from official military records or soldiers' letters. One of the . . . Map (db m2962) HM
15Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — The Bridges“Torch the Bridges!” — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Flanked out of his position on Richardson's Hill, Union Col. John R. Kenly hurried his command north to the bridges spanning the forks of the Shenandoah River. At this spot on the South Fork stood the Front Royal Turnpike Bridge, and the Manassas . . . Map (db m2975) HM
16Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Rose HillCombat in the Front Yard — Battle of Front Royal May 23, 1862 —
Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Maryland and Louisiana troops had steadily pushed Col. John R. Kenly's 1st Maryland Infantry (US) north, despite occasionally fierce street fighting, until they reached this point. The Confederates halted . . . Map (db m2977) HM
17Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Asbury Chapel“1st Maryland to the Front!” — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Early on the morning of Friday, May 23, 1862, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson paused here at Asbury Chapel well in advance of his 16,000-man army. Although he was familiar with the main roads to Front Royal, Jackson knew that the . . . Map (db m171036) HM
18Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Belle BoydJackson Prepares for Battle — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Early in the warm afternoon, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and Gen. Richard S. Ewell and their staffs stopped here at the head of Jackson’s army. As the two commanders studied the ground leading to Front Royal, Capt. Henry Kyd Douglas, one of . . . Map (db m3649) HM
19Virginia, Warren County, Front Royal — Guard Hill“Oh, What an Opportunity for Artillery!” — Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —
Closely pursued by the 8th Louisiana Infantry, Union Col. John R. Kenly's rear guard occupied Guard Hill just west of here. The two-gun section of Knap's Battery E, Pennsylvania Light Artillery, commanded by Lt. Charles Atwell, covered part of the . . . Map (db m3736) HM
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