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Smithfield Crossing  

Other Names: None

Location: Jefferson County and Berkeley County

Campaign: Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (August-December 1864)

Date(s): August 25-29, 1864

Principal Commanders: Brig. Gen. Wesley Merritt [US]; Lt. Gen. Jubal Early [CS]

Forces Engaged: Divisions

Estimated Casualties: 300 total

Description: On August 29, two Confederate infantry divisions crossed Opequon Creek at Smithfield and forced back Merritt’s Union cavalry division back along the road to Charles Town.  Ricketts’s infantry division was brought up to stop the Confederate advance.

Result(s): Inconclusive

CWSAC Reference #: WV015

Preservation Priority: II.4 (Class D)

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