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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

June 8th, 1862 - The Battle of Cross Keys

Conflict: American Civil War

Combatants: Confederates vs. Federals

Location: Virginia (USA)

Outcome: Confederate victory

While Federal General John C. Fremont pursued Confederate General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson up the north fork of the Shenandoah Valley with 12,000 men, General James Shields pursued along the south fork with 5,000. But Jackson halted at Massanutten Mountain and turned to await the advance of Shields on June 7th, 1862. Meanwhile June 8th, Confederate General Richard Ewell was dispatched to oppose Fremont. Ewell repulsed a Federal assault and the following day the Federals were driven from their positions by a combined attack.

The Battle of Cross Keys by E. Forbes

Point of Interest:

  • Ewell returned on June 9th to help Jackson sweep Shields from the field.

  • This series of engagements ended the Shenandoah Valley campaign.

John C. Fremont, General by Emil Boehl

Stonewall Jackson in 1862 by Nathaniel Routzahn

General James Shields by Henry A. Castle

Richard S. Ewell by an unknown photographer

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