Battle of Cross Keys

Battle of Cross Keys (HMAQ7)

Location: Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Country: United States of America

N 38° 21.201', W 78° 49.049'

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Walker's Flank Attack

— 1862 Valley Campaign —

After repulsing the initial Union attack, Confederate Gen. Isaac R. Trimble's brigade heavily engaged two brigades of Union Gen. Louis Blenker's division near here on June 8, 1862.

During the afternoon fighting, Col. James A. Walker's demi-brigade consisting of the 13th and 25th Virginia infantry regiments reinforced Trimble. Walker marched his men along the Goods Mill Road on the Confederate rifght flank in an effort to move around the union forces facing Trimble. Walker's first attempt to attack the Federal flank was disrupted when he marched into a forward movement by Trimble against Blenker.

Walker's second attempt placed his regiments at a post and rail fence facing three Federal regiments and a New York artillery battery on rising ground. The fense provided little cover in the face of canister fire. Walker's commander suffered 47 casualties before withdrawing to the cover of some woods.

A short time later, the Federal attack ended when the senior Union artillery commander, on this part of the field a captain, feared for the safety of his guns and ordered them withdrawn over the objections of a field-grade and general officers. The infantry regiments, lacking artillery support, were then forced to retreat.Caption: Col. James A. Walker ended the war as a brigadier general commanding the famous Stonewall Brigade.
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HM NumberHMAQ7
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Year Placed2003
Placed ByCivil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 4:07pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 690706 N 4247275
Decimal Degrees38.35335000, -78.81748333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 21.201', W 78° 49.049'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 21' 12.06" N, 78° 49' 2.94" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7449-7471 State Rte 708, Harrisonburg VA 22801, US
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