The Battle of Front Royal
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
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Quick Description: The Front Royal Visitors Center is the starting point for the Battle of Front Royal Driving Tour that follows Gen. Stonewall Jackson and his Confederate troops through town as they defeated Union forces.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 4/28/2012 6:23:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMEAQB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member LSUMonica
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Long Description:
In 1862, Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson was sent to take command of the forces in Shenandoah Valley since it was an important source of supplies and a possible route for invading the north, including Washington, D.C. In February 1862, Gen. George McClellan took control of the Union army and planned an assault on Richmond, Virginia from the coast (Peninsula Campaign). Jackson was ordered the hold down the Federal troops in the Valley to prevent them from reinforcing McClellan. Even with a small army of poorly-trained troops and defeat at Kernstown in March, Jackson succeeded with brilliant strategies and maneuvers to maintain control of the Valley and prevent McClellan from receiving any help. Indeed, it would be Jackson who would reinforce Gen. Robert E. Lee in successfully defending Richmond against McClellan.

On May 23, Jackson defeated the 1st Maryland Regiment USA under Union Col. John Kenly sent to Front Royal to guard the bridge and railroad over the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River and protect Gen. Nathaniel Banks' position in nearby Strasburg. With Jackson was the 1st Maryland CSA which dubbed the Battle of Front Royal as the Battle of Brother Against Brother.

The Battle of Front Royal Driving Tour is a site on the Civil War Discovery Trail that starts at the Front Royal Visitors Center and follows the battle through modern-day Front Royal. Two CWDT markers stand on the plaza near the entrance -- FRONT ROYAL ☆ ☆ ☆ Battle of Front Royal and FRONT ROYAL ☆ ☆ ☆ Crossroads of War. The displays provide general information and highlights of the battle. The Visitors Center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and provides additional information and friendly advice.


Type of site: Other

414 East Main St.
Front Royal, VA USA

Phone Number: 540-635-5788

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From I-66 exit 13, follow Route 55 west to the visitors center. From I-66 exit 6, take Route 340 south and follow the signs to the visitors center.

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