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Battle of McDowell -- 150 years ago

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.
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