Published on February 18, 2016

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Interpretive sign on the location where the first skirmishes between Union and Confederate forces leading up to the Battle of McDowell.

With Union forces now occupying Fort Johnson and beginning their threat towards Staunton, VA, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson moved with speed and secrecy to eliminate that threat to the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.  Jackson arrived at the foot of the Shenandoah Mountain and proceeded to defeat Generals Milroy and Fremont at the Battle of McDowell on May 9, 1862.

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Located in George Washington National Forest
US 250
West Augusta, VA 24485