The Pritchard farm provided the location for the First and Second Battles of Kernstown.
This 250 year old farm situated on 315 acres was right at the center of the First and Second Battles of Kernstown. On March 23, 1862, the opening shots of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign were fired on the once quiet Shenandoah Valley countryside farm. Early on that morning fighting erupted at the Pritchard Grim Farm and ended at Rose Hill farm located about 1 1/2 miles away. Overwhelming Union forces would force the retreat of Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate Army after all day of fighting.
Later, on July 24, 1864, the Pritchard Grim Farm would be the position of the Union Army under General George Crook, who had roughly 12,000 men under his command. Sensing an opportunity, Confederate commander in the Shenandoah Valley, General Jubal Early, moved northward towards Winchester with his 17,000 men. Following fierce fighting, Union troops were forced to withdraw from their positions and the Battle would serve to be the last great victory for the Confederacy in the Valley.
Photo and information courtesy of www.kernstownbattle.org
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