Battle of Kernstown

Battle of Kernstown (HMM1O)

Location: Winchester, VA 22602
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 8.403', W 78° 11.679'

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March 23, 1862

General James Shields with 7,000 Federals defeated Stonewall Jackson with 3,500 Confederates. Jackson's object was to create a diversion which would prevent troops being sent to McClellan for the attack on Richmond. He arrived south of Kernstown in early afternoon Sunday, March 23, and attempted to turn the Federal right flank. To counter this, Colonel N. Kimball who succeeded to command after Shields was wounded March 22nd, advanced Colonel E.B. Tyler's brigade. Savage fighting followed for possession of the stone wall separating Jackson's and Tyler's troops. Seeing that Tyler was hard-pressed, Kimball rushed reinforcements from his and Sullivan's brigades. The Federals turned the Confederate right, and General R.B. Garnett with his ammunition running short fell back without Jackson's orders, exposing Colonel S.V. Fulkerson and forcing his withdrawal. Colonel J.S. Burks reached the field in time to check the Federal attack and cover the Confederate retreat from the field. This was Jackson's only defeat.
HM NumberHMM1O
Year Placed1964
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 742460 N 4336066
Decimal Degrees39.14005000, -78.19465000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 8.403', W 78° 11.679'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 8' 24.18" N, 78° 11' 40.74" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 220 State Rte 706, Winchester VA 22602, US
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