May 8, 1862In the spring of 1862 Confederate fortunes seemed to have gone from bad to worse. Union forces had won several key battles in the West, while the U.S. Navy was establishing its coastal blockade and Major General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac threatened Richmond. General Robert E. Lee, military advisor to President Jefferson Davis, ordered a diversion to prevent additional Union reinforcements from being sent against the Confederate capital. Lee ordered Major General Thomas J/. "Stonewall" Jackson to make an attack in the Shenandoah Valley.
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|Placed By||Civil War Preservation Trust and Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 1:56am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 633233 N 4243377|
|Decimal Degrees||38.32863333, -79.47570000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 19.718', W 79° 28.542'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 19' 43.08" N, 79° 28' 32.52" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 243 Highland Turnpike, McDowell VA 24458, US|
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