Battle of Hancock

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Battle of Hancock
Romney Campaign
Began:

January 5, 1862

Ended:

January 6, 1862

Location:

Washington County, Maryland
Morgan County, Virginia (now West Virginia)

Theater:

Eastern Theater

Campaign:

Jackson’s Operations against the B&O Railroad

Outcome:

Inconclusive

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Combatants
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Brigade

Brigade

Commanders

F.W. Lander
Brigadier General, USA

Thomas J. Jackson
Major General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

25 total (US & CS)

25 total (US & CS)

  

On January 1, Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson marched north in bitter cold from Winchester to Bath with the objective of disrupting traffic on the B&O Railroad and C&O Canal. On January 5, after skirmishing with the retiring Federals, Jackson’s force reached the Potomac River opposite the garrisoned town of Hancock, Maryland. His artillery fired on the town from Orrick’s Hill but did little damage. Union garrison commander Brig. Gen. F.W. Lander refused Jackson’s demands for surrender. Jackson continued the bombardment for two days while unsuccessfully searching for a safe river crossing. The Confederates withdrew and marched on Romney, in western Virginia, on January 7. (NPS summary)

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