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Valley Campaign

American Major Civil War Campaign (1862)

The Valley Campaign was Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's brilliant spring 1862 campaign through the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia during the American Civil War. successfully engaged three Union armies (over 60,000 men), preventing them from reinforcing the Union offensive against Richmond.

Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks's army was threatening the Shenandoah Valley. The performance of Jackson in the Valley that spring helped derail the Union plans and re-energized Confederate morale.

In a classic military campaign of surprise and maneuver, he pressed his army to travel 646 miles (1,040 km) in 48 days of marching and employing audacity and lightning movements, won five significant victories with a force of about 17,000 against a combined force of 60,000,preventing them from reinforcing the Union offensive against Richmond.

The Battles included in the Valley Campaign are: the First Battle of Kernstown, the Battle of McDowell, the Battle of Front Royal, the First Battle of Winchester, the Battle of Cross Keys, and the Battle of Port Republic.

Submitted By:  David Allison


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