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.
July 21, 1861 - Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell (right) is defeated at the First Battle of Bull Run. Graduating from West Point in 1838, McDowell saw service in the Mexican-American War and took part in the Battle of Buena Vista. A skil... 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
Fought June 9, 1862, the Battle of Port Republic saw Maj. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (right) defeat Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley. Assuming a defensive position near Port Republic, Jackson sought to defeat separate Uni... Read Post