Published on February 22, 2016

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Civil War Trails sign on the Union attempts to hold off Confederate advances north of the river.

Being closely pursued by Confederates, Col. John Kenly’s rear guard occupied this position just west of the location of this marker.  A two gun section of the 5th Pennsylvania Artillery covered the Union retreat.  The positioned offered Kenly a good position to slow down the Confederate advance and his men reformed at this location and dug in.  By this time the Confederate guns had been moved to the former position of Union artillery at Richardson’s Hill and firing ensued between the two sides while the Confederate 6th Virginia forded across the river, which was discovered by Col. Kenly as he rode up to check the burning of the bridges.  Upon seeing this, he hastily ordered the full retreat of his infantry and artillery.



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Located by the Public Boat Ramp below the Rt. 522/340 Bridge
Rt. 340/522 Bridge
Front Royal, VA 22630