May 8 also saw a significant engagement during the American Civil War as Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson defeated Union Gen' Fremont in a small, but important fight at McDowell bear the beginning of his classic Valley campaign.The two sides were evenly matched with around 6,000 troops each and Confederate losses were actually somewhat higher -- but Fremont's force retreated, freeing Jackson to turn on the other federal forces in the valley and defeat them in turn, later in the month.
Battle of Williamsburg from The Civil War Preservation Trust During the first week of May, 1862, 150 years ago, two military campaigns were unfolding in Virginia that offer and interesting study in contrasts. Although about 175 mile... Read Post
March 23, 1862 - Confederate forces are beaten at the First Battle of Kernstown. Advancing down (north) the Shenandoah Valley, Maj. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (right) attacked Union troops under Colonel Nathan Kimball on March... Read Post
June 8, 1862 - Confederate forces win the Battle of Cross Keys. Assuming a defensive position near Port Republic, Maj. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson sought to defeat separate Union forces led by Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont (right) ... Read Post