The Civil War, Day by Day

Jackson Enters Winchester

First Battle of Winchester

As George McClellan’s Union army struck toward Richmond, General Nathaniel Banks and his fifteen thousand troops struck southward into the Shenandoah Valley. For Stonewall Jackson and his small force, it was imperative that Banks not be allowed to leave the valley to join McClellan. Beginning in March 1862, Jackson, defeated at Kernstown, rebounded in a series of battles up and down the Shenandoah. On the morning of May 25, he struck at Winchester. Jackson’s troops stormed through Union defenses, sending them reeling through town. Riding at the head of his column, Stonewall entered Winchester triumphantly as Banks and his staff scurried out the other end. Townspeople poured into the streets to greet returning sons, brothers and fathers. It was Jackson’s supreme moment in his Valley campaign.

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