Published on February 23, 2016

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Civil War Trails sign that describes the July 18, 1864 Confederate Victory when Union Troops  attacked Jubal Early’s rearguard during his withdraw back to the Valley after threatening Washington, D.C.

To lure Union Troops away from Robert E. Lee’s besieged troops at Petersburg, Confederate General Jubal Early had attacked Washington’s defenses on July 11, 1864.  Following that,early was forced to withdraw again to the Shenandoah Valley where he had left General John C. Breckinridge’s forces to hold the Shenandoah River forges.  On July 18, 1864, Union General George Crook had been pursuing Early, made an attempt to cross the Shenandoah and catch the Confederates off guard. Following a flanking movement General Robert E. Rodes, the Union line faltered and were forced to withdraw back across the river.  This would allow Early to continue his withdraw to Winchester and recoup his losses in preparation for the fights that lay ahead in 1864.

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Castleman’s Road
Berryville, VA 22611