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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

May 8th, 1862 - The Battle of McDowell

Conflict: American Civil War

Combatants: Confederates vs. Federals

Location: Virginia (USA)

Outcome: Confederate victory

On this day in 1862, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson surprised the lead elements of John C. Fremont's Federal army advancing from West Virginia. The attack successfully halted Fremont's advance and Jackson returned to the Shenandoah Valley.

Battle of McDowell map by Jedediah Hotchkiss

Points of Interest:

  • John C. Fremont resigned from the Army a month and half later, but had his rank restored to Major General (ret.) in 1890.

  • Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson would die one year later from wounds suffered by friendly fire.

Stonewall Jackson in 1862 by Nathaniel Routzahn
John C. Fremont, General by Emil Boehl



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