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Other Names: Sitlingtonís Hill

Location: Highland County

Campaign: Jacksonís Shenandoah Valley Campaign (1862)

Date(s): May 8, 1862

Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Robert Milroy and Brig. Gen. Robert Schenck [US]; Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson [CS]

Forces Engaged: 12,500 total (US 6,500; CS 6,000)

Estimated Casualties:   720 (surgeonís list reports 556)

Description: From Staunton, Maj. Gen. T.J. Jackson marched his army west along the Parkersburg Road to confront two brigades of Frémontís force (Milroy and Schenck), advancing toward the Shenandoah Valley from western Virginia. At McDowell on May 8, Milroy seized the initiative and assaulted the Confederate position on Sitlingtonís Hill. The Federals were repulsed after severe fighting, lasting four hours. Afterwards, Milroy and Schenck withdrew into western Virginia, freeing up Jacksonís army to march against the other Union columns threatening the Valley.

Result(s): Confederate victory

CWSAC Reference #: VA102

Preservation Priority: III.3 (Class C)

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