Battle of First Kernstown

Part of the Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign

Battle Summary
Date 03/23/1862 - 03/23/1862
Location Frederick County and Winchester, Virginia
Result Union Victory
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Nathan Kimball T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson
Forces Engaged
8,500 3,800
Source: Civil War Trust -
Casualties and losses
Killed 118 80
Wounded 450 375
Missing 22 263
Total 590 718
Source: Wikipedia -
Synopsis of the battle:
"Relying on faulty intelligence that reported the Union garrison at Winchester numbered only about 3,000, “Stonewall” Jackson marched aggressively north with his 3,400-man division. The 8,500 Federals, commanded by Col. Nathan Kimball, stopped Jackson at Kernstown and then counterattacked turning Jackson’s left flank and forcing him to retreat. Despite this Union victory, President Lincoln was disturbed by Jackson’s threat to Washington and redirected substantial reinforcements to the Valley, depriving McClellan’s army of these troops. McClellan claimed that the additional troops would have enabled him to take Richmond during his Peninsula campaign. "


Status of the Battlefield:
The battlefield has been preserved.

The battlefield has been preserved as the Kernstown Battlefield.

Visit the official park web site at Kernstown Battlefield
Surviving earthworks: Unknown

Aids for your visit to the battlefield:
Is there a battlefield app? Unknown
Map of the Battlefield showing the locations of the markers? Unknown

Park where the battlefield has been preserved:

Notes / Comments:
The Kernstown Battlefield Association owns and operates the Kernstown Battlefield on the Pritchard-Grim Farm located in Winchester, Virginia. See their web site for more information.

The Civil War Trust has preserved 351 acres.

Monuments Documented:
CWBFM has documented 0 monuments on the battlefield.

More Information • • •
  1. Civil War Trust : Battle of First Kernstown ( Submitted on 06/19/2016 by ). change
  2. Wikipedia: First Battle of Kernstown ( Submitted on 06/19/2016 by ). change
  3. NPS: First Battle of Kernstown ( Submitted on 06/19/2016 by ). change
  4. CWSAC: Kernstown, First CWSAC Reference #: VA101 - Preservation Priority: I.3 (Class B) ( Submitted on 06/19/2016 by ). change
  5. Kernstown Battlefield Association: The Kernstown Battlefield Located at the Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester, Virginia 22602. ( Submitted on 06/20/2016 by ). change

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