Battle of Milford

Battle of Milford (HMOWE)

Location: Bentonville, VA 22610 Warren County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 48.337', W 78° 20.95'

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Guarding Early's Flank

During the Civil War, Milford (present-day Overall) was a small commercial center on the Luray-Front Royal Turnpike. Located in a narrow valley between river and mountains, the village saw more than its share of military action. Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson and his army camped in the area on May 22, 1862, before the Battle of Front Royal. Small engagements occurred here in June 1862 and May 1864.

Two significant battles here occurred in the autumn of 1864. On September 22-24, after Union Gen. Philip H. Sheridan's victory at the Third Battle of Winchester, Confederate Gen. Jubal A. Early retreated to a defensible position at Fisher's Hill. To prevent Union forces from encircling his army and blocking his escape route south, Early sent Col. Thomas T. Munford's cavalry to the Page Valley. There they engaged Union Gen. James H. Wilson's cavalry in a series of delaying actions as they fell back to the south. Here at Milford, a natural choke point in the valley, Confederate forces burned the Overall Run Bridge and dug in on the south bank. You can still see the bridge abutments just to the east. Union guns were placed on the bluffs north of Overall Run. Outnumbered more than two to one, the Confederates withstood the Federal artillery barrage and repelled Wilson's flank attack to the east. The Confederate stand allowed Early to escape south after his defeat at Fisher's Hill, much to Sheridan's disappointment. Later, on October 25-26, after Early's defeat at the Battle of Cedar Creek, Confederate Gen. Lunsford L. Lomax's cavalry used the narrow Page Valley terrain here again, to prevent Union Gen. William H. Powell's cavalry from encircling Early's retreating army.

The Milford Battlefield Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
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HM NumberHMOWE
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
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Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10:40pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 730184 N 4298544
Decimal Degrees38.80561667, -78.34916667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.337', W 78° 20.95'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 20.22" N, 78° 20' 57.00" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 115 Overall Rd, Bentonville VA 22610, US
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