Published on February 23, 2016

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Civil War Trails sign on the final Union attempt to hold Front Royal and the Confederate flanking attack.

Realizing that the Union occupation of Front Royal was essential to protecting General Nathanial Banks left flank of the main body of his army, Col. John H. Kenly made a last attempt to hold the Confederate advance at Richardson’s Hill.  He already had positioned the only artillery support that he had on the hill, and was in the process reforming his infantry when he received additional support came in the form of two companies of Calvary arrived from Strasburg.  To counter this, Confederates held their positions at the bottom of the hill, while the 6th Louisiana Infantry and the 6th Virginia Calvary flanked the Union deployments from the west and rear.  About to be surrounded, Kenly was forced to order the retreat.

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Marker is just north of Royal and 15th Street
15th Street
Front Royal, VA 22630