"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. "
Source: CWSAC - First Battle of Kernstown
The battlefield has been preserved.
The battlefield has been preserved as the Kernstown Battlefield.
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Map of the Battlefield showing the locations of the markers?
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 by CWBFM on the battlefield.
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