Civil War Trails sign interpreting the burning of nearby bridges and how it prevented Union Generals James Shields and John C. Fremont from uniting against Jackson.
Two Union Armies were bearing down on General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s army in the spring of 1862. Commanded by General James Shields and General John C. Fremont, the two separate armies hoped to combine and destroy Jackson’s force with a united Union army. General Shields hoped to delay Jackson’s movement long enough to cross over the Massanutten from the Page Valley to join with Fremont who was bearing down from the northern end of the Shenandoah Valley. Jackson in turn ordered the destruction of the Columbia and White house bridges in the Page Valley so that Shields was unable to move forward with his plans and the two Union forces remained separated. This in turn would set up the Jacksons forces to defeat the two separate Union armies at the battles of Cross Keys and then Port Republic.
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