Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War


Battle of Kernstown

A marker on the First Battle of Kernstown is south of Winchester on Opequon Church Lane. It was erected in 1932 by the Virginia Conservation and Development Commission.


The marker is at the turnaround at the end of Opequon Church Lane next to the Opequon Presbyterian Church, which can be reached from the Valley Pike (U.S. 11) south of Winchester. (39.14005° N, 78.194617° W; see map)

Text from the marker:



Battle of Kernstown


On the hills to the west, Stonewall
Jackson, late in the afternoon of
March 22, 1862, attacked the Union
force under Shields holding Winches-
ter. After a fierce action, Jackson,
who was greatly outnumbered, with-
drew southward, leaving his dead on
the field. These were buried next
day by citizens of Winchester.


Conservation and Development Commission 1932

The First Battle of Kernstown Wayside Marker, Kernstown, Virginia

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