Published on February 22, 2016

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Civil War Trails sign on the May 23, 1862 battle.

On May 23, 1862, Front Royal was occupied by 1,000 Union Soldiers.  Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was moving north on the Luray Road, and learning of this ordered two of his Battalions forward.  As he advanced, Jackson placed his Artillery on the heights above town known as Prospect Hill.  Realizing he was outnumbered and quickly becoming surrounded, Union commander, Col. J.R. Kenley ordered the retreat and burning of the bridges north of town.  He was unable to accomplish the latter and Confederate Calvary caught and captured a majority of the Federals at Cedarville.

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Located in front of the Front Royal-Warren County Visitors Center
414 East Main Street
Front Royal, VA 22630