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Manassas Gap
Wapping Heights
Civil War Virginia


American Civil War
July 23, 1863


After recrossing the Potomac River at Williamsport, Lee's army withdrew up the Shenandoah Valley.  Meade crossed the Potomac River east of the Blue Ridge and followed Lee into Virginia.

On July 23, Meade ordered the III Corps, under General William. H. French to cut off the retreating Confederate columns at Front Royal by forcing passage through Manassas Gap.  At first light, French began slowly pushing Walker's Confederate brigade (Anderson's division) back into the gap.

About 4:30 pm, a strong Union attack drove Walker's men until they were reinforced by Rodes's division and artillery. By dusk, the poorly coordinated Union attacks were abandoned.

During the night, Confederate forces withdrew into the Luray Valley.

On July 24, the Union army occupied Front Royal, but Lee's army was safely beyond pursuit.

Result(s): Inconclusive

Location: Warren County

Campaign: Gettysburg Campaign (June-August 1863) previous battle in campaign    Campaigns

Date(s): July 23, 1863

Principal Commanders: General William H. French [US]; Major General Richard Anderson [CS]

Forces Engaged: Divisions

Estimated Casualties: 440 total

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