Jackson Prepares for Battle
— Battle of Front Royal - May 23, 1862 —Devoid of trees in 1862, this hill afforded Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's troops their first good look at Front Royal and the deployments of the Union garrison here. Approaching from the south on the Gooney Manor Road (now Browntown Road), Col. Stapleton Crutchfield, Jackson's artillery chief, posted a battery here. The smoothbore cannon, however, lacked the range to reach the Union guns on Richardson's Hill, a mile an three quarters further north. Lt. Samuel J. Simpson, a native of the area, led Crutchfield's artillery on a path concealed by woods around the western end of town and up the ridge on which Randolph Macon Academy stands. By 3:30 p.m., a Confederate rifled cannon was in position there.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Virginia Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 3:55am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 743016 N 4310924|
|Decimal Degrees||38.91360000, -78.19718333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 54.816', W 78° 11.831'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 54' 48.96" N, 78° 11' 49.86" W|
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|Area Code(s)||540, 703|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 200 W Propect St, Front Royal VA 22630, US|
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