Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War

The First Battle of Kernstown

The First Battle of Kernstown on March 23, 1862, was General Thomas J. Jackson's first battle in command of his own army. Believing that he was attacking a small and withdrawing Federal rearguard near Winchester Virginia, Jackson was actually attacking forces almost three times his strength.


After an all-day fight which pushed his men to the limit and with almost a quarter of his force casualties, Jackson was forced to retreat. It was his only defeat as an army commander. But he more than accomplished his strategic goals as Washington stripped McClellan's advance on Richmond of tens of thousand of men to deal with this newly perceived threat.


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