The Battle of Cross Keys
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member 79scouts
N 38° 21.488 W 078° 50.490
17S E 688595 N 4247756
Quick Description: This Civil War Trail marker is across the street from Cross Keys Cemetery.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/27/2011 6:13:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMC5DX
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 4

Long Description:
The Marker text is as follows:

The Battle of Cross Keys
“It was not in men to stand such fire as that.”
— 1862 Valley Campaign —

Following Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s victory at Winchester, Union troops pursued the Confederates south, “up” the Shenandoah Valley. While Gen. John C. Fremont advanced on the Valley Turnpike, another Union force, led by Gen. James Shields, pursued Jackson through the Page (Luray) Valley father east.

Jackson took position at Port Republic, four miles east of you, to engage Shields, leaving Gen. Richard Ewell here at Cross Keys to hold back Fremont. Ewell posted his 5,000 men on a ridge overlooking Mill Creek, one mile to your right. The 15th Alabama Infantry regiment remained here at union Church to give timely warning of Fremont’s approach.

Early on June 8, 1862, Fremont brushed aside the Alabamians. He posted 40 cannon in the fields to your front and began furiously shelling the Confederate position. Two hours later Fremont attacked, blindly throwing Gen, Julius Stahel’s brigade forward toward Ewell’s right. The 8th New York was slaughtered by Gen. Isaac R, Trimble’s Confederate brigade, which was sheltered behind a rail fence. Attacks against Ewell’s center and left achieved no better success.

Fremont withdrew here to the Keezeletown Road. Ewell slipped away, joining Jackson on the banks of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River at Port Republic. The last battle of the 1862 Valley Campaign was fought there June 9, 1862.
Type of site: Battlefield

Address:
Battlefield Road (Route 679)
Harrisonburg, VA USA
22801


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