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Battle of McDowell

Location: McDowell, VA
Dates: May 8, 1862
Union Commander:  Robert C. Schenck, Brigadier General
Confederate Commander:  Thomas J. Jackson, Major General

Battle Summary:
In late April, CS Major General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson effectively held US Major General Nathanial Banks in the upper Shenandoah Valley.  After the bloody battle of Kernstown and a fighting retreat up the valley, Stonewall Jackson determined to keep Banks occupied in the valley, preventing him from joining US Major General George B. McClellan, currently battling CS General Joseph Johnston on the James River peninsula. Complicating matters was US Major General John Fremont's... More>>>>




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