Battle of Cross Keys

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Battle of Cross Keys
Began:

June 8, 1862

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Rockingham County, Virginia

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Mountain Department
Department of the Rappahannock

Department of the Valley, Ewell's Division

Commanders

John C. Frémont
Major General, USA

Richard S. Ewell
Major General, CSA

Strength

11,500

5,800

Casualties

664

287

  

Moving up the Shenandoah Valley in pursuit of Jackson’s army, Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont’s army encountered Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s division at Cross Keys on June 8. Brig. Gen. Julius Stahel’s brigade, attacking on the Union left, was stunned by a surprise volley from Trimble’s command and driven back in confusion. After feeling out other parts of the Confederate line, Frémont withdrew to the Keezletown Road under protection of his batteries. The next day, Trimble’s and Patton’s brigades held Frémont at bay, while the rest of Ewell’s force crossed the river to assist in the defeat of Brig. Gen. E. Tyler's command at Port Republic. (NPS summary)

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