Battle of McDowell

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Battle of McDowell
Sitlington’s Hill
Began:

May 8, 1862

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Highland 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 (two brigades)

Valley District, Jackson's Division
Army of the Northwest

Commanders

Robert Milroy
Brigadier General, USA
Robert Schenck
Brigadier General, USA

Thomas J. Jackson
Major General, CSA
Edward "Allegheny" Johnson
Brigadier General, CSA

Strength

6,500

6,000

Casualties

259
Killed: 34
Wounded: 220
Missing: 5

420
Killed: 116
Wounded: 300
Missing: 4

  

From Staunton, Maj. Gen. T.J. Jackson marched his army west along the Parkersburg Road to confront two brigades of Frémont’s force (Milroy and Schenck), advancing toward the Shenandoah Valley from western Virginia. At McDowell on May 8, Milroy seized the initiative and assaulted the Confederate position on Sitlington’s Hill. The Federals were repulsed after severe fighting, lasting four hours. Afterwards, Milroy and Schenck withdrew into western Virginia, freeing up Jackson’s army to march against the other Union columns threatening the Valley. (NPS summary)

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