Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War

The Second Battle of Kernstown

The Second Battle of Kernstown on July 24, 1864, was fought on much of the battlefield of the First Battle of Kernstown, and its markers stand side by side with the markers from that battle.


Confederate General Jubal Early had returned to the Shenandoah Valley after his raid on Washington. He learned that two of the pursuing Union army corps had left the Valley to return to the Siege of Petersburg, leaving behind a small force of three divisions under General George Crook.


Crook's men had reoccupied Winchester and taken up advanced positions south of town when Early turned to the attack. But Crook doubted reports that Early's full strength was involved and ordered his advanced brigades to attack. They moved forward only to be struck on three sides by superior numbers of Confederates. After a brief but costly resistance around Pritchard's Hill the Union position collapsed into a disorganized retreat. Early followed up as far as Martinsburg, West Virginia and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.


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