Civil War Trails sign on the Union retreat and attempts to burn the bridges ahead of the Confederate pursuit.
Following a flanking maneuver by the Confederate forces attacking him, Col. Kenly, commander of Union forces in Front Royal, moved his men north to the bridges spanning the Shenandoah River. After burning their tents and supplies, Kenly ordered his men to burn the bridges to impede the Confederate advance on his men. After setting fire to the bridges and continuing their retreat, Confederate soldiers under the command of General Richard Taylor raced to the scene to beat out the flames. The North Fork bridge was burned badly enough to slow the Confederate advance, but the advantage was quickly lost when the 6th Virginia Calvary swam the width of the swollen Shenandoah River to catch up with the retreating Federals at Guard Hill.
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