Battle of Cool Spring

From Conservapedia

Jump to: navigation, search
Battle of Cool Spring
Island Ford, Parkers Ford, Snickers Ferry, Castleman’s Ferry
Began:

July 17, 1864

Ended:

July 18, 1864

Location:

Clarke County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Early’s Raid and Operations against the B&O Railroad

Outcome:

Confederate victory

33 star flag.png
Combatants
Conf Navy Jack.png

VI Corps, XIX Corps

Army of the Valley

Commanders

Horatio Wright
Major General, USA

Jubal A. Early
Lieutenant General, CSA

Strength

5,000

8,000

Casualties

422

397

  

A Union column, consisting of the VI Corps and elements of the XIX Corps under Maj. Gen. Horatio Wright, pursued Early’s army as it withdrew from the environs of Washington, D.C. Wright’s force was joined by elements of Crook’s command, which had accompanied Hunter during his retreat through West Virginia. On July 17, the Union cavalry passed through Snickers Gap and attempted to force passage of the Shenandoah River at Snickers Ford (Castleman’s Ferry). On the morning of July 18, the vanguard of the Union infantry moved through Snickers Gap. Col. Joseph Thoburn (of Crook’s command) led his division downstream to cross the river at Judge Richard Parker’s Ford. Early’s three nearby infantry divisions moved to defend the fords. In the afternoon, Rodes’s division attacked and shattered Thoburn’s right flank on the Cool Spring plantation. Thoburn made a stand behind a stone wall at the river’s edge and beat off three attacks until darkness enabled him to withdraw. Union pursuit of Early was delayed several days. (NPS summary)

Personal tools