Shield's Advance & Retreat

Shield's Advance & Retreat (HM7SO)

Location: Shenandoah, VA 22849 Page County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 27.929', W 78° 37.04'

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Jackson Divides and Conquers

— 1862 Valley Campaign —

Having successfully driven Gen. Nathaniel Bank's Union army from the Shenadoah Valley in late May 1862, Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's "foot cavalry" had little time to reset. While one Union army under Gen. John C. Fr?mont was bearing down from the north, another under Gen. James Shields was passing toward the Page Valley. If Shields could move quickly enough to overtake Jackson's force in the main valley, he and Fr?mont could unite and attack with a superior force. Accordingly, Jackson made a rapid retreat along the Valley Pike toward Harrisonburg. In order to delay Shield's advance, Jackson ordered the destruction of the White House and Columbia Bridge in the Page Valley. As a result, Shields was delayed for three days and was forced to abandon the plan to cross the Massanutten and unite with Fr?mont. By June 7, elements of Shield's army began moving toward Port Republic, crossing Naked Creek along the road to your right.

In the days that followed, Jackson defeated the two armies in piece meal fashion, first Fr?mont at Cross Keys on June 8, then Shields at Port Republic on June 9. Both Federal armies were forced to retreat along the routes by which they had arrived. On reaching this area near Price's Mill (a later mil stands on its site), Shields' defeated army finally came to a halt and bivouacked before continuing the march to Luray on June 10, and on the Front Royal a week later.
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HM NumberHM7SO
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 2:42pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 707876 N 4260152
Decimal Degrees38.46548333, -78.61733333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 27.929', W 78° 37.04'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 27' 55.74" N, 78° 37' 2.40" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-242 Moose Bottom Rd, Shenandoah VA 22849, US
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