Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War


Winchester

First Battle of Winchester A11

The marker shows the victory of Confederate General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson over Union General Nathaniel Banks in 1862. It was placed in 2006 by the Virginia Conservation and Development Commission, replacing an earlier marker with a briefer message.

 

A marker on the Second Battle of Winchester is a few yards to the south.

 

Location and Directions

The marker is south of Winchester, Virginia on the west side of the Valley Pike (U.S. 11) about 0.2 mile south of the interchange with Virginia Route 37. (39.12° N, 78.1971° W; see map)

 

Text from the marker

 

A11

First Battle of
Winchester

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Here Confederate Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and his army, early on the morning of 25 May 1862, defeated Union Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Bank’s forces during Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley campaign. Banks, outnumbered and outflanked, hastily retreated north through the streets of Winchester. The Confederate pursuit was lethargic, as the men were exhausted from a week of heavy marching, but they captured many Union soldiers and a heavy quantity of wagons and stores. President Abraham Lincoln diverted 30,000 men from the Union advance on Richmond to strike at Jackson.

 

Development of Historic Resources 2006

Historical marker south of Winchester, Virginia, on Confederate General 'Stonewall' Jackson's victory over Union General Nathaniel Banks in 1862.
(above) Historical marker south of Winchester, Virginia, on the First Battle of Winchester, Confederate General 'Stonewall' Jackson's victory over Union General Nathaniel Banks in 1862. (see larger view)





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