Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War


Winchester

First Battle of Winchester

This marker for the First Battle of Winchester is on the south side of Winchester, Virginia.

 

The marker is one of a series of 59 commemorating Virginia Civil War battlefields created during the 1920's by the Battlefield Markers Association.

 

Most markers of the Battlefield Markers Association set the bronze tablet at a low angle in a masonry base. Here the masonry base has been replaced by posts holding the marker vertically, making it easier to read from passing automobiles in the busy intersection.

 

How to get there

The marker is on the south side of Winchester on the north side of W. Jubal Early Drive just west of the intersection with Valley Avenue (U.S. 11). It is currently in front of First Bank. (39.169658° N, 78.18038°W; see map)

 

Text from the marker:

 

First Battle of Winchester


May 25, 1862 between Confederates under
Brig. Gen. T.J. “Stonewall” Jackson and the Federals
under Maj. Gen. N.P. Banks began just south of this
site. The Federals were driven in retreat
through Winchester’s streets with loss of
stores and many prisoners.

Confederates engaged, 16,000, casualties 400. Federals engaged, 8,000, casualties 2017.

Marker for the First Battle of Winchester on the south side of Winchester, Virginia.
(above) Marker for the First Battle of Winchester on the south side of Winchester, Virginia.





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