The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862

’Kernstown 1862

During the spring of 1862, Union General George McClellan was attempting to capture Richmond against a Confederate force of much inferior numbers. By applying pressure in the Shenandoah Valley, Stonewall Jackson’s  job was to create havoc, preventing reinforcements from reaching McClellan. Marching his small army up and down the valley, his men would earn the moniker, “Jackson’s Foot Cavalry”.

 

The battles are as follows:

  • 1st Kernstown
  • 1st Winchester
  • Front Royal
  • McDowell
  • Cross Keys
  • Port Republic

Cross Keys battlefield in the Shenandoah Valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background. Cross Keys was one of the final battles of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign. Photo Credit: Nancy Hess.