Kernstown, VA II
July 24, 1864
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Petersburg National Battlefield, Virginia, United States
Early’s Raid and Operations
against the B&O Railroad [June-August 1864]
Brig. Gen. George Crook
Lt. Gen. Jubal Early
Believing that Early’s
army was no longer a threat in the Valley, Maj. Gen.
Horatio Wright abandoned his pursuit and ordered the VI and XIX Corps
to return to Washington, where they were to be sent to
Grant’s “army group” before Petersburg.
Brig. Gen. George Crook with three divisions
and some cavalry to hold Winchester.
Under orders to prevent reinforcements from being
sent to Grant, Early marched north on
July 24 against Crook.
After an hour of stubborn resistance at
Pritchard’s Hill, the Federal line collapsed and
Crook’s divisions streamed back in disarray through the streets of
retreated to the Potomac River and crossed near Williamsport on July 26th.
As a result of this defeat and the burning of
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on July 30, Grant
returned the VI and XIX Corps and appointed Sheridan
as commander of Union forces in the Valley.
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