Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War


First Battle of Winchester A5

The sign marks the location of one of the Union brigades during the First Battle of Winchester, a victory of Confederate General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson over Union General Nathaniel Banks during the Valley Campaign of 1862.


It was placed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Historic Resources in 1988.


Location and Directions

The marker is on the south side south of Winchester, Virginia on the east side of Valley Avenue (U.S. 11) at the intersection where Valley Avenue and Braddock Street split. (39.175738° N , 78.170431° W; see map)


Text from the marker



First Battle of

On May 24, 1862, Confederate forces under
Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
pursued Major General Nathaniel Banks' Union
Army from Strasburg to Winchester. Banks
made a stand south of Winchester, posting one
of two infantry brigades on Bower's Hill, now
known as Williamsburg Heights, and the other
here in the plain below. In attacks the following
day. Jackson routed the Union Army and drove
it through the town toward Harper's Ferry.


Department of Conservation and Historic Resources 1988

Historical marker south of Winchester, Virginia, on Confederate General 'Stonewall' Jackson's victory over Union General Nathaniel Banks in 1862.
(above) Historical marker on the First Battle of Winchester along the old Valley Pike on the south side of Winchester, Virginia

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