Guard Hill
Front Royal, Cedarville
Civil War in Virginia


American Civil War
August 16, 1864

CSA General Joseph Kershaw's infantry division and Fitzhugh Lee's cavalry, under overall command of CSA Lieutenant General Richard Anderson (Army of Northern Virginia, I Corps) were sent from Petersburg to reinforce General Jubal Early's army in the Valley.

At Front Royal on the August 16, Union cavalry of Brigadier General Wesley Merritt's division surprised the Confederate columns in mid-stream of the Shenandoah River, capturing about 300.

The Confederates rallied and advanced, gradually driving the two Union brigades back to Cedarville. After dark, Merritt withdrew to Ninevah.

Result(s): Inconclusive

Location: Warren County

Campaign: Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign (August-December 1864) next battle in campaign    Campaigns

Date(s): August 16, 1864

Principal Commanders: Brigadier General Wesley Merritt [US]; Lieutenant General Richard Anderson [CS]

Forces Engaged: Divisions

Estimated Casualties: 550 total

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