Civil War Trails sign on the final Union stand and Confederate cavalry charge that overwhelmed the defenders.
While in retreat, Union commanding officer Col. John Kenly ordered his units to reform at this location. Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson had ordered his 6th Virginia Cavalry in pursuit of Kenly’s troops. While Kenly rushed to reform his men at Fairview, he was too quickly overrun by the Confederate Cavalry to form any kind of resistance and Kenly himself was severely wounded and captured. Of the 1,000 Union troops posted at Front Royal, 904 were wounded, killed or captured. Jackson’s forces suffered less than 100 casualties as a result of the fighting that day.
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